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Glasgow City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 16, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Principal amongst these recommendations was one for the city to become carbon neutral city by 2030, which was endorsed by the city.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022

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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Glasgow City Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in two sections including Education, skills and training.

SectionGlasgow City CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score75%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
16/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
11/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.9/5
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
5/5
2.3/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
2.1/4

Emissions reduction projects

Local authorities in Scotland are required to publish yearly data on their compliance with their climate change duties – including the emissions reduction projects they are undertaking.

See all of Glasgow City Council’s projects

24

Projects

13.1 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£13,615,570

Total capital cost

Emissions data

2042.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.2 tCO2

per person

11.6 ktCO2

per km2

18%

Commercial

37%

Domestic

14%

Industry

10%

Public Sector

20%

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 Glasgow City 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
Dundee City Council83%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council79%Yes2030April 3, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council77%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Liverpool City Council74%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Manchester City Council73%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Preston City Council71%No2030April 18, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council71%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Sheffield City Council70%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority69%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Nottingham City Council68%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Glasgow City 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
Oxford City Council87%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Manchester City Council81%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Liverpool City Council81%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council81%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Dundee City Council80%Yes2045June 24, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council80%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Nottingham City Council74%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Cambridge City Council74%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
London Borough of Camden71%Yes2030April 8, 2019
Aberdeen City Council71%Yes2045No

These councils grographically border or overlap with Glasgow City Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Dunbartonshire Council98%Yes2045No
East Renfrewshire Council98%No2040Aug. 13, 2020
Renfrewshire Council96%No2030June 27, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council96%Yes2045May 29, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council96%Yes2030June 20, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council93%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Glasgow City 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
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority95%NoNo targetNo
Mansfield District Council94%No2040March 5, 2019
Preston City Council93%No2030April 18, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority93%No2038July 26, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Derby City Council91%No2050May 23, 2019
Newport City Council91%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council91%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority90%Yes2040April 28, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Glasgow City 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
London Borough of Enfield100%No2030July 8, 2019
Dundee City Council100%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Wirral Council100%No2030July 15, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council100%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Greater London Authority99%YesDec. 1, 2019
Norwich City Council99%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
City of London99%No2027No
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council99%No2030March 21, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council99%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

Glasgow City Council is a Unitary Authority, 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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    glasgow.gov.uk
    Glasgow City Council’s official homepage.
    @GlasgowCC
    Glasgow City Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Glasgow City Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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