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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

3226.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.3 tCO2

per person

0.4 ktCO2

per km2

9%

Commercial

27%

Domestic

24%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

37%

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 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
South Lakeland District Council82%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council81%No2030No
Craven District Council79%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council75%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Melton Borough Council73%No2030July 17, 2019
West Lindsey District Council73%Yes2050No
Hambleton District Council73%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Derbyshire Dales District Council72%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Cumbria County Council70%Yes2050No
North Kesteven District Council70%Yes2030July 11, 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
South Ayrshire Council89%No2045No
Gwynedd County Council88%No2030March 7, 2019
Carmarthenshire County Council86%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Angus Council86%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
West Lindsey District Council86%Yes2050No
Stirling Council85%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council84%No2030No
Derbyshire County Council84%Yes2032No
Northumberland Council83%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council83%Yes2045No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Harrogate Borough Council98%No2038April 10, 2019
Hambleton District Council95%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Leeds City Council93%No2030March 27, 2019
Darlington Borough Council91%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council90%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
City of York Council90%No2030March 11, 2019
Richmondshire District Council90%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo
Middlesbrough Borough Council89%No2029Sept. 4, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council89%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
South Lakeland District Council97%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Hambleton District Council96%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Derbyshire Dales District Council91%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council91%No2030No
Melton Borough Council90%No2030July 17, 2019
North Kesteven District Council88%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council88%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council87%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
South Kesteven District Council87%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council86%Yes2030July 15, 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
East Lindsey District Council98%Yes2040No
Shropshire Council - Unitary91%No2030May 16, 2019
North Devon Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019
South Lakeland District Council89%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
South Holland District Council87%NoNo targetNo
Breckland District Council87%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
East Ayrshire Council86%No2030No
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council85%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Rutland County Council84%No2050No
Carmarthenshire County Council83%Yes2030Feb. 20, 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 27 Jun 2022].

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