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Oxford City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 28, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Delivering the City Council’s 4th Carbon Management Plan, which aims to achieve zero carbon by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2040

“A net zero carbon city by 2040.”

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

SectionOxford City CouncilAverage district council
Total score48%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
11/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
9/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

603.6 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.0 tCO2e

per capita

13.2 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 Oxford City 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
Cambridge City Council87%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Westminster City Council80%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
London Borough of Camden76%Yes2030April 8, 2019
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea73%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Exeter City Council71%Yes2022July 23, 2019
Gloucester City Council70%Yes2030July 11, 2019
City of Lincoln Council69%Yes2030July 23, 2019
City of London69%Yes2027No
Runnymede Borough Council68%YesNo targetOct. 17, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham67%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oxford City 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
Glasgow City Council88%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Cambridge City Council87%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Westminster City Council76%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Dundee City Council74%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council72%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Manchester City Council72%Yes2038July 10, 2019
London Borough of Camden71%Yes2030April 8, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council71%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Liverpool City Council71%Yes2030July 17, 2019
City of Lincoln Council66%Yes2030July 23, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Oxfordshire District Council97%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Cherwell District Council96%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council96%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council95%Yes2030April 2, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oxford City 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
Milton Keynes97%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Chorley Council97%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
Aberdeen City Council96%Yes2045No
Exeter City Council93%Yes2022July 23, 2019
Canterbury City Council92%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Derbyshire County Council92%Yes2032No
West of England Combined Authority91%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Erewash Borough Council91%No2050No
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority91%Yes2050No
North East Derbyshire District Council91%Yes2030July 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oxford City 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
West Midlands Combined Authority100%Yes2041June 28, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority100%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Sunderland City Council100%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council99%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Cardiff Council99%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Belfast City Council99%NoNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority99%Yes2038July 26, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council99%Yes2030July 17, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Oxford City 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

    oxford.gov.uk
    Oxford City Council’s official homepage.
    @OxfordCity
    Oxford City Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Oxford City 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 Oxford City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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