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North Ayrshire Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 25, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Agrees the proposed target year of 2030 to achieve net- zero emissions across North Ayrshire”

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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SectionNorth Ayrshire CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score37%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
6/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
2.1/4

Emissions reduction projects

Local authorities in Scotland are required to publish yearly data on their compliance with their climate change duties – including the emissions reduction projects they are undertaking.

See all of North Ayrshire Council’s projects

27

Projects

11.0 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£23,810,246

Total capital cost

Emissions data

764.8 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.7 tCO2

per person

0.8 ktCO2

per km2

11%

Commercial

27%

Domestic

39%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

19%

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 North Ayrshire 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
Wyre Council59%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council57%No2037July 16, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council57%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council57%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Carlisle City Council55%No2030March 5, 2019
Northumberland Council54%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Council54%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Cumbria County Council54%Yes2050No
High Peak Borough Council53%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council53%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to North Ayrshire 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
North East Lincolnshire Council64%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Rutland County Council63%No2050No
High Peak Borough Council61%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council60%Yes2030Sept. 28, 2020
Richmondshire District Council59%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council59%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council58%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council58%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Wyre Council57%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council57%Yes2030May 9, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Inverclyde Council95%NoNo targetNo
Renfrewshire Council94%No2030June 27, 2019
South Ayrshire Council93%No2045No
East Renfrewshire Council92%No2040Aug. 13, 2020
East Ayrshire Council91%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to North Ayrshire 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
Redcar and Cleveland Council88%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Darlington Borough Council87%Yes2050July 18, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority87%No2038June 27, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority87%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council85%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Sheffield City Council85%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Derby City Council85%No2050May 23, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council85%Yes2030May 23, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority85%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Ayrshire 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
Wrexham County Borough Council94%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
High Peak Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
New Forest District Council93%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Conwy County Borough Council93%No2030May 9, 2019
Lichfield District Council92%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Wyre Council91%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Lancaster City Council91%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council91%NoNo targetNo
Isle of Wight Council90%No2030July 24, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council90%No2050No

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

North Ayrshire Council 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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    north-ayrshire.gov.uk
    North Ayrshire Council’s official homepage.
    @North_Ayrshire
    North Ayrshire Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check North Ayrshire Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: North Ayrshire Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/north-ayrshire-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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