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Orkney Islands Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 14, 2019.

Climate pledges

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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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SectionOrkney Islands CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score11%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
7/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
1/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
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
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
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 Orkney Islands Council’s projects

12

Projects

0.1 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£1,260,000

Total capital cost

Emissions data

132.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.0 tCO2

per person

0.1 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

36%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

23%

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 Orkney Islands 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
Shetland Islands Council75%YesNo targetJan. 22, 2020
Scottish Borders Council67%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Dumfries and Galloway Council59%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Aberdeenshire Council58%No2045No
Perth and Kinross Council54%No2045No
Richmondshire District Council50%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Stirling Council49%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Powys County Council48%No2030July 30, 2020
Craven District Council48%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Angus Council48%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Orkney Islands 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
Shetland Islands Council85%YesNo targetJan. 22, 2020
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council68%NoNo targetNo
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council66%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Gedling Borough Council65%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council65%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Ards and North Down Borough Council64%NoNo targetFeb. 27, 2019
Fife Council61%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Pendle Borough Council60%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Mansfield District Council59%No2040March 5, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council59%Yes2030July 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Orkney Islands 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
Scottish Borders Council90%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Perth and Kinross Council82%No2045No
Shetland Islands Council69%YesNo targetJan. 22, 2020
The Moray Council67%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Richmondshire District Council66%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Aberdeenshire Council66%No2045No
Eden District Council66%No2030July 11, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council66%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Stirling Council62%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Craven District Council62%No2030Aug. 6, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Orkney Islands 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
Powys County Council85%No2030July 30, 2020
Scottish Borders Council78%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Shetland Islands Council76%YesNo targetJan. 22, 2020
Dumfries and Galloway Council73%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council71%No2045No
Eden District Council70%No2030July 11, 2019
Ryedale District Council69%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Ceredigion County Council68%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Aberdeenshire Council65%No2045No
West Devon Borough Council65%Yes2030May 21, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Orkney Islands 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

    orkney.gov.uk
    Orkney Islands Council’s official homepage.
    @Orkneycouncil
    Orkney Islands Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Orkney Islands 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: Orkney Islands Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/orkney-islands-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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