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Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on April 3, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Despite the devastating impacts of Covid-19, the city’s determination and cross-party commitment to achieving Net Zero status by 2030 remains undiminished. ”

Climate documents

Last update: June 21, 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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SectionNewcastle-upon-Tyne City CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score82%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
16/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
16/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
4/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1068.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.5 tCO2

per person

9.3 ktCO2

per km2

36%

Domestic

33%

Transport

13%

Commercial

12%

Public Sector

7%

Industry

0%

Agriculture

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 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 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
Preston City Council81%No2030April 18, 2019
Salford City Council80%No2038July 17, 2019
City of Lincoln Council79%No2030July 23, 2019
Derby City Council78%No2050May 23, 2019
Glasgow City Council77%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Leeds City Council77%No2030March 27, 2019
Nottingham City Council77%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council77%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority77%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council76%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Newcastle-upon-Tyne 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
West Dunbartonshire Council88%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Canterbury City Council87%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Aberdeen City Council85%Yes2045No
Nottingham City Council84%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham83%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Preston City Council83%No2030April 18, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council81%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Birmingham City Council81%No2030June 11, 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council80%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Manchester City Council80%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2030May 23, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority98%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2050July 25, 2019
North East Combined Authority97%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
South Tyneside Council96%No2030July 18, 2019
Sunderland City Council96%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Durham County Council93%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Northumberland Council92%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Darlington Borough Council91%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Newcastle-upon-Tyne 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
Greater Manchester Combined Authority94%No2038July 26, 2019
Derby City Council94%No2050May 23, 2019
Norwich City Council90%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Wirral Council89%No2030July 15, 2019
Dundee City Council89%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Sunderland City Council88%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Sheffield City Council87%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Glasgow City Council87%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council87%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Mansfield District Council87%No2040March 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Newcastle-upon-Tyne 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
London Borough of Hillingdon99%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Cardiff Council98%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council96%Yes2035July 23, 2019
Belfast City Council96%YesNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Salford City Council96%No2038July 17, 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council96%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
City of Lincoln Council96%No2030July 23, 2019
Middlesbrough Borough Council96%No2029Sept. 4, 2019
Harlow Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019

Features

Powers & Responsibilities

Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council is a 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.

    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

    newcastle.gov.uk
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Newcastle-upon-Tyne 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 Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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