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Milton Keynes

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 23, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Milton Keynes will be the world’s greenest and most sustainable city by becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative by 205 of the world’s most truly sustainable economies and models for growth.”

Climate documents

Last update: June 13, 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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SectionMilton KeynesAverage single tier council
Total score49%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1103.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.1 tCO2

per person

3.6 ktCO2

per km2

16%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

13%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

35%

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 Milton Keynes 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
Swindon Borough Council90%Yes2030No
Rushmoor Borough Council88%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council86%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Dacorum Council86%Yes2050July 17, 2019
West of England Combined Authority86%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Essex County Council85%No2030No
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council85%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Worcester City Council85%No2030July 16, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council85%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Kent County Council85%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Milton Keynes 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
Swindon Borough Council94%Yes2030No
Basildon Borough Council91%Yes2030No
Canterbury City Council91%Yes2030July 18, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council90%Yes2030July 17, 2019
West of England Combined Authority90%Yes2030July 1, 2019
City of York Council89%No2030March 11, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council89%Yes2050No
Derby City Council88%No2050May 23, 2019
Colchester Borough Council88%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Crawley Borough Council88%Yes2040July 17, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Milton Keynes. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Bedford Borough Council96%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council95%No2030March 5, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council95%No2050No
West Northamptonshire Council95%NoNo targetNo
North Northamptonshire Council94%No2030July 28, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Milton Keynes 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
Chorley Council98%No2030Nov. 19, 2019
Oxford City Council97%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Aberdeen City Council94%Yes2045No
Canterbury City Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
West of England Combined Authority93%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority93%Yes2050No
West Northamptonshire Council93%NoNo targetNo
Erewash Borough Council93%No2050No
Leicestershire County Council92%No2030May 15, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council92%Yes2030May 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Milton Keynes 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
Surrey County Council99%Yes2030July 9, 2019
West of England Combined Authority99%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Thanet District Council99%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead98%No2050June 26, 2019
Three Rivers District Council97%No2030May 21, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council97%Yes2030June 19, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority97%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Preston City Council96%No2030April 18, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Warwick District Council96%No2030June 26, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Milton Keynes is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    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.

    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

    milton-keynes.gov.uk
    Milton Keynes’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Milton Keynes’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 Milton Keynes’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Milton Keynes. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/milton-keynes/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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