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Gloucestershire County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 15, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Our declaration in May 2019 included commitments for us to be net zero by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“By 2050 we will create a carbon neutral county that provides quality of life now and for future generations, having improved the quality of our natural environment.”

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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SectionGloucestershire County CouncilAverage county council
Total score33%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
7/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

6580.4 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

55.1 tCO2e

per capita

32.5 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Gloucestershire County 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
West Northamptonshire Council89%YesNo targetNo
Bedford Borough Council88%Yes2030March 5, 2019
West Sussex County Council88%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council86%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Suffolk County Council86%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Warwickshire County Council85%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Worcestershire County Council85%Yes2050July 15, 2021
Kent County Council84%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Staffordshire County Council84%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council84%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gloucestershire County 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
West Sussex County Council93%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Devon County Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
North Kesteven District Council90%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Worcestershire County Council90%Yes2050July 15, 2021
Boston Borough Council89%YesNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Staffordshire County Council89%Yes2050July 25, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council88%Yes2030No
Mid Sussex District Council88%YesNo targetNo
East Sussex County Council87%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gloucestershire County 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
Derbyshire County Council95%Yes2032No
South Derbyshire District Council94%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Kent County Council94%Yes2030May 23, 2019
High Peak Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Staffordshire County Council93%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Aberdeen City Council92%Yes2045No
Cambridgeshire County Council92%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Chorley Council92%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council91%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Broxtowe Borough Council91%Yes2027July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gloucestershire County 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
Oxfordshire County Council97%Yes2030April 2, 2019
East Hampshire District Council97%Yes2050July 18, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council96%YesNo targetNo
Fife Council96%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Hart District Council95%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council95%Yes2050No
West Berkshire Council95%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Braintree District Council95%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Dover District Council94%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo

Powers & Responsibilities

Gloucestershire County Council is a County Council, 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
    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.

    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.

    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 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

    gloucestershire.gov.uk
    Gloucestershire County Council’s official homepage.
    @GlosCC
    Gloucestershire County Council’s Twitter account.

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