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North Yorkshire County Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2030

“We have developed the below carbon reduction plan to help us reach our target of net-zero neutrality for the council by 2030, or as near to that date as possible.”

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 Yorkshire County CouncilAverage county council
Total score48%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
11/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
1/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

3420.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

5.5 tCO2

per person

0.4 ktCO2

per km2

33%

Transport

31%

Domestic

19%

Industry

8%

Commercial

6%

Agriculture

4%

Public Sector

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 North Yorkshire 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
East Riding of Yorkshire Council87%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
South Lakeland District Council84%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Craven District Council80%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Cumbria County Council79%Yes2050No
Wychavon District Council79%Yes2050No
East Lothian Council78%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council77%Yes2050No
West Lindsey District Council77%Yes2050No
Monmouthshire County Council77%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Angus Council76%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Yorkshire 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
East Riding of Yorkshire Council88%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Argyll and Bute Council83%Yes2045No
Angus Council82%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
North Norfolk District Council82%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Chichester District Council80%Yes2025July 9, 2019
South Ayrshire Council80%No2045No
South Lakeland District Council77%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council76%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council76%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Gwynedd County Council75%No2030March 7, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Harrogate Borough Council98%No2038April 10, 2019
Hambleton District Council95%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Leeds City Council94%No2030March 27, 2019
Darlington Borough Council92%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council91%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority91%No2038June 27, 2019
City of York Council91%No2030March 11, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council91%NoNo targetNo
Richmondshire District Council91%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council90%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Yorkshire 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
Cambridgeshire County Council98%Yes2050May 14, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council96%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council96%Yes2030July 10, 2019
New Forest District Council96%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Wiltshire Council96%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council95%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Stafford Borough Council95%No2040July 23, 2019
Selby District Council95%Yes2030No
East Lothian Council95%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council95%Yes2030June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Yorkshire 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 Council96%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary96%No2030May 16, 2019
North Devon Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Wychavon District Council95%Yes2050No
East Devon District Council94%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Devon County Council94%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Norfolk County Council93%No2030No
East Lindsey District Council93%Yes2040No
Chichester District Council93%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Breckland District Council93%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

North Yorkshire 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

    northyorks.gov.uk
    North Yorkshire County Council’s official homepage.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: North Yorkshire County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/north-yorkshire-county-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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