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North Kesteven District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 11, 2019.

Climate pledge for 2030

“Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’, and works with residents, businesses and other partners to tackle climate change, lobbying for support to address this emergency by 2030.”

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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North Kesteven District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in two sections including Mitigation and adaptation.

SectionNorth Kesteven District CouncilAverage district council
Total score69%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
9.4/21
Section 2 · Top performer Mitigation and adaptation
18/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

551.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.7 tCO2e

per capita

0.6 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to North Kesteven District 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
Cambridgeshire County Council81%Yes2050May 14, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council77%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Harborough District Council77%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Broadland District Council76%Yes2050No
Winchester City Council76%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Horsham District Council76%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council74%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council73%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority73%Yes2050No
Huntingdonshire District Council73%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to North Kesteven District 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
Devon County Council90%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Cherwell District Council90%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council89%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Stafford Borough Council88%Yes2040July 23, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council87%Yes2030April 2, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council87%YesNo targetNo
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2030May 23, 2019
North East Combined Authority86%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Staffordshire County Council86%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority85%Yes2050No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Lincolnshire County Council98%Yes2050No
City of Lincoln Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
South Kesteven District Council96%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
West Lindsey District Council95%Yes2050No
Boston Borough Council93%YesNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Newark and Sherwood District Council92%Yes2035July 16, 2019
East Lindsey District Council92%Yes2040No
South Holland District Council91%YesNo targetNo
Nottinghamshire County Council90%No2030May 27, 2021

These councils are the most similar to North Kesteven District 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
Stratford-on-Avon District Council98%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Derbyshire Dales District Council93%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Wealden District Council93%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council92%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council91%Yes2038April 10, 2019
Horsham District Council91%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Broadland District Council90%Yes2050No
North Hertfordshire District Council90%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council90%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Kesteven District 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
Harborough District Council91%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council90%NoNo targetNo
Selby District Council90%Yes2030No
Ribble Valley Borough Council89%Yes2030No
Newark and Sherwood District Council88%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Maldon District Council87%Yes2030Feb. 4, 2021
Copeland Borough Council86%Yes2050No
Horsham District Council86%Yes2050June 26, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council82%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Rushcliffe Borough Council82%Yes2030March 7, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

North Kesteven District Council is a Non-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.

    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.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    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
    Waste collection

    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

    n-kesteven.gov.uk
    North Kesteven District Council’s official homepage.
    @northkestevendc
    North Kesteven District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check North Kesteven District 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 North Kesteven District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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