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King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Feb. 4, 2020.

Council only pledge for 2050

“In line with our climate change policy, we aim to reach net zero by 2050, and have an agreed phased approach to our work.”

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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SectionKing's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Co…Average district council
Total score26%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
2/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
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
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

1177.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

7.8 tCO2

per person

0.8 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

20%

Domestic

40%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

31%

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 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 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
Fenland District Council61%NoNo targetNo
Herefordshire Council56%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council56%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Norfolk County Council54%No2030No
North Norfolk District Council54%Yes2030April 24, 2019
South Holland District Council53%NoNo targetNo
Rother District Council53%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Breckland District Council53%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council52%No2030No
East Lindsey District Council52%Yes2040No

These councils are the most similar to King's Lynn and West Norfolk 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
Selby District Council74%Yes2030No
West Devon Borough Council70%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council70%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council70%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council68%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council67%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Fenland District Council65%NoNo targetNo
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council63%No2040July 2, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council63%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Rutland County Council63%No2050No

These councils grographically border or overlap with King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Breckland District Council94%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council94%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Fenland District Council94%NoNo targetNo
Norfolk County Council93%No2030No
West Suffolk Council93%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
South Holland District Council93%NoNo targetNo
Cambridgeshire County Council92%Yes2050May 14, 2019
North Norfolk District Council90%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council87%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to King's Lynn and West Norfolk 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
Pembrokeshire County Council94%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council92%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Carmarthenshire County Council92%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)92%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Fenland District Council89%NoNo targetNo
Denbighshire County Council87%No2030July 2, 2019
Boston Borough Council87%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Isle of Wight Council85%No2030July 24, 2019
Bolsover District Council84%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Brent83%No2030July 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to King's Lynn and West Norfolk 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
Breckland District Council96%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Wychavon District Council85%Yes2050No
Carmarthenshire County Council84%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council84%Yes2030No
Forest of Dean District Council83%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
East Lindsey District Council83%Yes2040No
Shropshire Council - Unitary83%No2030May 16, 2019
South Holland District Council82%NoNo targetNo
Somerset County Council81%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
East Devon District Council80%Yes2040July 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough 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

    west-norfolk.gov.uk
    King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check King's Lynn and West Norfolk 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 King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/kings-lynn-and-west-norfolk-borough-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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