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Gloucester City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 11, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“This committed the Council to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“This committed the Council to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and the City as whole by 2050.”

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

Gloucester City Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionGloucester City CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

409.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.2 tCO2

per person

10.0 ktCO2

per km2

37%

Domestic

24%

Transport

21%

Industry

11%

Commercial

7%

Public Sector

0%

Agriculture

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 Gloucester 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
Worcester City Council87%No2030July 16, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council84%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Sheffield City Council83%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Gosport Borough Council82%Yes2050No
Cardiff Council82%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Bristol City Council82%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Redditch Borough Council81%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority81%No2038July 26, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council80%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Derby City Council80%No2050May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gloucester 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
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council92%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Leicester City Council91%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Sheffield City Council91%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Harlow Council90%Yes2030July 11, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority90%No2041June 28, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council90%No2028July 17, 2019
Gosport Borough Council88%Yes2050No
Greater Manchester Combined Authority88%No2038July 26, 2019
Portsmouth City Council87%No2030March 19, 2019
London Borough of Brent87%No2030July 8, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Stroud District Council98%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Cheltenham Borough Council97%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council96%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Cotswold District Council94%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council94%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Worcester City Council94%No2030July 16, 2019
Wychavon District Council93%Yes2050No
South Gloucestershire Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Worcestershire County Council93%Yes2030July 15, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Gloucester 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
Havant Borough Council91%Yes2050No
Cardiff Council87%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Worcester City Council85%No2030July 16, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Dundee City Council84%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Redditch Borough Council83%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council81%No2038March 28, 2019
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council81%No2030July 18, 2019
Wirral Council80%No2030July 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gloucester 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
Hastings Borough Council99%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Cambridge City Council99%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Plymouth City Council99%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Worcester City Council99%No2030July 16, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council99%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Derby City Council99%No2050May 23, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority99%No2041June 28, 2019
Worthing Borough Council99%YesJuly 18, 2019
Gosport Borough Council98%Yes2050No
Stevenage Borough Council98%No2030June 12, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Gloucester City Council is a Non-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.

    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.

    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
    Waste collection

    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

    gloucester.gov.uk
    Gloucester City Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Gloucester City 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 Gloucester City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Gloucester City Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/gloucester-city-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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