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Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 23, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area carbon neutral within the same timescale [2030].”

Council only pledge for 2030

“Gateshead Council declared a Climate Emergency at its Council meeting on 23 May 2019. In doing so, the council committed to: • Make the Council’s activities carbon neutral by 2030 • Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030. ”

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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SectionGateshead Metropolitan Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score16%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
3/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

999.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.9 tCO2

per person

6.9 ktCO2

per km2

9%

Commercial

29%

Domestic

16%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

42%

Transport

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North East Combined Authority83%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority82%No2038June 27, 2019
Sunderland City Council81%Yes2030March 27, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority80%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Darlington Borough Council80%Yes2050July 18, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority80%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council78%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council77%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council77%NoNo targetNo
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council77%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Oxfordshire County Council92%No2030April 2, 2019
North Kesteven District Council86%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Durham County Council84%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
North East Combined Authority84%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Wiltshire Council84%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority84%Yes2050No
Cambridgeshire County Council84%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council84%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Stafford Borough Council84%No2040July 23, 2019
Cherwell District Council83%No2030July 22, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council98%Yes2030April 3, 2019
North East Combined Authority98%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
South Tyneside Council96%No2030July 18, 2019
Sunderland City Council96%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Durham County Council94%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Northumberland Council91%Yes2030June 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
London Borough of Enfield98%No2030July 8, 2019
City of Lincoln Council94%No2030July 23, 2019
Southampton City Council94%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Torbay Council94%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Coventry City Council93%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council92%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Swale Borough Council92%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Durham County Council91%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Luton Borough Council91%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
Chesterfield Borough Council91%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Aberdeen City Council99%Yes2045No
West Yorkshire Combined Authority98%No2038June 27, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council98%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
St Albans City and District Council98%No2030July 9, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2050July 25, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority98%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council98%No2030July 17, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council97%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Dartford Borough Council97%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Kirklees Council97%No2038Jan. 16, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council is a Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    gateshead.gov.uk
    Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/gateshead-metropolitan-borough-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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