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London Borough of Southwark

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on March 27, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Southwark’s Council Plan Commitments to make Southwark carbon neutral by 2050 and halve Southwark Council’s emissions by 2022. ”

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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London Borough of Southwark was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionLondon Borough of SouthwarkAverage single tier council
Total score79%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
16/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
17/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
5.1/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
3/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

933.1 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

2.9 tCO2

per person

31.2 ktCO2

per km2

27%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

6%

Industry

12%

Public Sector

24%

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 London Borough of Southwark 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
London Borough of Lambeth89%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
London Borough of Tower Hamlets86%No2025July 17, 2019
London Borough of Islington85%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Southampton City Council84%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Greenwich83%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Portsmouth City Council83%No2030March 19, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham83%No2030July 17, 2019
Slough Borough Council81%YesNo targetNo
Greater London Authority81%YesDec. 1, 2019
London Borough of Hounslow79%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Southwark 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
Exeter City Council89%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Southampton City Council86%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
City of London85%No2027No
London Borough of Lambeth84%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Nottingham City Council82%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
London Borough of Tower Hamlets82%No2025July 17, 2019
Bristol City Council79%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
London Borough of Islington78%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Coventry City Council77%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Portsmouth City Council77%No2030March 19, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with London Borough of Southwark. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
City of London99%No2027No
London Borough of Lambeth99%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Greater London Authority99%YesDec. 1, 2019
London Borough of Tower Hamlets99%No2025July 17, 2019
London Borough of Lewisham99%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019
London Borough of Bromley98%Yes2029No

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Southwark 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
London Borough of Brent95%No2030July 8, 2019
Bolsover District Council95%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Lewisham94%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019
London Borough of Islington93%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Royal Borough of Greenwich91%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Portsmouth City Council91%No2030March 19, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth91%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Fenland District Council90%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Ealing89%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Isle of Wight Council88%No2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Southwark 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 Hammersmith & Fulham100%No2030July 17, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth100%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
London Borough of Newham100%Yes2050April 15, 2019
London Borough of Camden100%Yes2030April 8, 2019
London Borough of Wandsworth100%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Westminster City Council100%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea100%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
London Borough of Haringey100%Yes2027March 18, 2019
London Borough of Hackney100%Yes2040June 28, 2019
London Borough of Lewisham100%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

London Borough of Southwark is a London Borough, 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.

    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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    southwark.gov.uk
    London Borough of Southwark’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check London Borough of Southwark’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 London Borough of Southwark’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    Cite this page

    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: London Borough of Southwark. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/london-borough-of-southwark/ [Accessed 25 Jun 2022].

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