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Northumberland Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Our key target of a net-zero Northumberland by 2030 still stands. This is a huge amount of work, but far more will need to happen in order to meet our goal of a carbon neutral county.”

Climate documents

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

Northumberland Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in the Ecological emergency section.

SectionNorthumberland CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score72%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
17/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
2.3/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1730.4 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.4 tCO2e

per capita

0.3 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 Northumberland 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
Cumbria County Council84%Yes2050No
North Lincolnshire Council72%Yes2030No
Angus Council72%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
East Ayrshire Council71%Yes2030No
Carlisle City Council70%Yes2030March 5, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council70%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Scarborough Borough Council70%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
South Ayrshire Council69%Yes2045No
Lincolnshire County Council67%Yes2050No
Shropshire Council - Unitary66%Yes2030May 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Northumberland 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
Angus Council89%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council88%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
North Norfolk District Council88%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Derbyshire County Council88%Yes2032No
Dumfries and Galloway Council87%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council87%Yes2030No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council87%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Cumbria County Council85%Yes2050No
South Ayrshire Council85%Yes2045No
North Yorkshire County Council83%Yes2030No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North of Tyne Combined Authority94%NoNo targetNo
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council91%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2030May 23, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Durham County Council88%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Scottish Borders Council86%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Carlisle City Council86%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Eden District Council84%No2030July 11, 2019
Cumbria County Council78%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Northumberland 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
Allerdale Borough Council91%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Cumbria County Council90%Yes2050No
Carlisle City Council85%Yes2030March 5, 2019
South Ayrshire Council84%Yes2045No
West Lindsey District Council83%Yes2050No
East Ayrshire Council81%Yes2030No
North Devon Council76%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council75%NoNo targetNo
Lincolnshire County Council75%Yes2050No
Scarborough Borough Council74%No2030Jan. 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Northumberland 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
Cumbria County Council84%Yes2050No
Denbighshire County Council80%Yes2030July 2, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council78%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Devon County Council77%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council75%Yes2050No
Monmouthshire County Council74%Yes2030May 16, 2019
North Devon Council74%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Craven District Council73%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council72%Yes2030No
East Ayrshire Council72%Yes2030No

Powers & Responsibilities

Northumberland 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.

    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
    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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    northumberland.gov.uk
    Northumberland Council’s official homepage.
    @n_landcouncil
    Northumberland Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Northumberland 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 Northumberland Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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