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Norfolk County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Striving to meet this collective global challenge, we will work with our neighbours within the region, specifically Suffolk County Council and theBroads Authority, to collectively achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions onour estates by 2030, but within our wider areas, work towards‘carbon neutrality’ also by 2030.”

Climate documents

We couldn’t find any climate action plans for this council.

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

Norfolk County Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionNorfolk County CouncilAverage county council
Total score0%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

5175.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.2 tCO2

per person

0.8 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

28%

Domestic

21%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

40%

Transport

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities. Data has been combined from constituent local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Norfolk County 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
Lincolnshire County Council83%Yes2050No
Breckland District Council81%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
East Suffolk Council79%No2030July 24, 2019
Suffolk County Council78%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Rother District Council77%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
South Holland District Council76%NoNo targetNo
Bassetlaw District Council74%NoNo targetNo
North Lincolnshire Council72%No2030No
Babergh District Council72%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Braintree District Council72%No2030July 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Norfolk County 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
Lincolnshire County Council95%Yes2050No
Suffolk County Council92%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Cherwell District Council92%No2030July 22, 2019
Somerset County Council92%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
South Somerset District Council90%Yes2023May 21, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council90%No2030July 28, 2021
North Devon Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Mendip District Council89%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
South Kesteven District Council89%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council87%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Breckland District Council97%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
North Norfolk District Council97%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Norwich City Council95%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Broadland District Council95%No2050No
South Norfolk District Council94%NoNo targetNo
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council94%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Mid Suffolk District Council92%Yes2030July 25, 2019
West Suffolk Council92%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo
East Suffolk Council90%No2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Norfolk County 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
Ashford Borough Council93%Yes2030No
Newark and Sherwood District Council91%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Dover District Council89%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Rother District Council89%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
East Suffolk Council89%No2030July 24, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council89%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council88%No2030May 9, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council87%No2030July 17, 2019
Somerset County Council87%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
Carlisle City Council87%No2030March 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Norfolk County 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
Rother District Council98%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Somerset County Council96%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
Chichester District Council94%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Wiltshire Council90%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council89%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Dorset Council89%No2040May 16, 2019
Devon County Council87%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
East Devon District Council87%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Wychavon District Council86%Yes2050No
Shropshire Council - Unitary86%No2030May 16, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Norfolk County Council is a County Council, 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
    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.

    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.

    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 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

    norfolk.gov.uk
    Norfolk County Council’s official homepage.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Norfolk County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/norfolk-county-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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