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Scarborough Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 7, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“The Council formally declared a climate emergency in January 2019 with a view to be net-zero carbon by 2030.”

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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SectionScarborough Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score44%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
7/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
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
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

495.3 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.6 tCO2

per person

0.6 ktCO2

per km2

11%

Commercial

37%

Domestic

19%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

28%

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 Scarborough Borough 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
Carlisle City Council76%No2030March 5, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council75%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council75%No2030May 27, 2021
North of Tyne Combined Authority74%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council72%Yes2030No
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council72%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council71%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Darlington Borough Council71%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council70%Yes2030July 24, 2019
North East Combined Authority70%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Scarborough Borough 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
Carlisle City Council89%No2030March 5, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council86%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council86%No2030May 27, 2021
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council83%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
West Lothian Council83%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council82%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council82%No2038April 10, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council80%Yes2030No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council79%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
North East Derbyshire District Council78%Yes2030July 8, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Ryedale District Council95%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Council92%Yes2030March 28, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council90%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Hambleton District Council88%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
North Yorkshire County Council84%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Scarborough Borough 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
Durham County Council91%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
East Ayrshire Council91%No2030No
North of Tyne Combined Authority88%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council87%No2030No
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council86%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council85%NoNo targetNo
North Lanarkshire Council85%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council85%Yes2030July 17, 2019
City of Lincoln Council84%No2030July 23, 2019
North East Combined Authority84%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Scarborough Borough 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
South Kesteven District Council94%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
High Peak Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Stafford Borough Council92%No2040July 23, 2019
Fife Council91%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
East Suffolk Council91%No2030July 24, 2019
Boston Borough Council91%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
West Berkshire Council90%No2030July 2, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council90%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Lancaster City Council90%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council90%No2030May 9, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Scarborough Borough 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.

    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
    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

    scarborough.gov.uk
    Scarborough Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Scarborough Borough 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 Scarborough Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Scarborough Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/scarborough-borough-council/ [Accessed 25 Jun 2022].

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