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Lancaster City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 30, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Convenes a Citizens’ Assembly in 2019 in order to help identify how the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2030

“To support and with all other relevant agencies towards making the Lancaster District Zero Carbon within the same timescale (2030).”

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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SectionLancaster City CouncilAverage district council
Total score12%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
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
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

597.4 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.1 tCO2

per person

0.9 ktCO2

per km2

8%

Commercial

34%

Domestic

18%

Industry

6%

Public Sector

34%

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 Lancaster 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
North of Tyne Combined Authority82%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Chorley Council81%No2030Nov. 19, 2019
Darlington Borough Council80%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council79%No2030April 3, 2019
Leicestershire County Council79%No2030May 15, 2019
Lancashire County Council78%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
North East Combined Authority77%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Kirklees Council76%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council76%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council76%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Lancaster 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
Bradford Metropolitan District Council90%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council90%Yes2030July 25, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority89%No2038June 27, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council86%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council86%Yes2050No
Charnwood Borough Council86%Yes2030No
Sunderland City Council86%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Darlington Borough Council86%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Lancashire County Council85%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority85%No2040Nov. 7, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Wyre Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Lakeland District Council94%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council93%No2030No
Craven District Council89%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Cumbria County Council88%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Lancaster 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
North Lincolnshire Council97%Yes2030No
Lancashire County Council96%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council94%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council94%NoNo targetNo
Gravesham Borough Council93%No2030June 26, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council92%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council91%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council90%NoNo targetNo
Telford & Wrekin Council89%Yes2030July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Lancaster 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
Derbyshire County Council98%Yes2032No
Flintshire County Council97%NoNo targetNo
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council97%Yes2025July 18, 2019
New Forest District Council96%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Epping Forest District Council96%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council95%No2030April 10, 2019
High Peak Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Warwickshire County Council95%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council95%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Chorley Council94%No2030Nov. 19, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Lancaster 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Lancaster City Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/lancaster-city-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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