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Oxfordshire County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on April 2, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Our commitment to be a zero carbon organization by 2030, and fully playing our part in creating a zero carbon Oxfordshire.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Enable a net-zero Carbon Oxfordshire by 2050.”

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

SectionOxfordshire County CouncilAverage county council
Total score43%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
8/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
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
0/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

4205.6 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

31.4 tCO2e

per capita

19.0 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 Oxfordshire 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
Stafford Borough Council87%Yes2040July 23, 2019
Cherwell District Council84%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council84%Yes2050No
Gloucestershire County Council83%Yes2030May 15, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council82%YesNo targetNo
Warwickshire County Council81%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Wiltshire Council80%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council80%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council79%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Bedford Borough Council79%Yes2030March 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oxfordshire 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
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Stafford Borough Council90%Yes2040July 23, 2019
North East Combined Authority89%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Durham County Council88%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
North Kesteven District Council87%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority86%NoNo targetNo
West Yorkshire Combined Authority85%Yes2038June 27, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council84%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2019
Cherwell District Council82%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority81%Yes2050No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cherwell District Council99%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Oxford City Council95%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council95%YesNo targetNo
West Oxfordshire District Council95%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council93%Yes2030July 15, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council92%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council92%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council91%Yes2050No
West Berkshire Council90%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Reading Borough Council89%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oxfordshire 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
Hampshire County Council96%Yes2050June 17, 2019
Lichfield District Council95%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Wealden District Council95%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council94%Yes2030March 14, 2019
City of York Council94%No2030March 11, 2019
Warwickshire County Council93%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council93%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council93%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council93%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oxfordshire 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 Hampshire District Council98%Yes2050July 18, 2019
West Berkshire Council97%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Gloucestershire County Council97%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Fife Council96%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
East Suffolk Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Braintree District Council94%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Bedford Borough Council94%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Hart District Council94%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Oxfordshire 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

    oxfordshire.gov.uk
    Oxfordshire County Council’s official homepage.
    @oxfordshirecc
    Oxfordshire County Council’s Twitter account.

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