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Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 18, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the Sefton area Zero Carbon within the same timescale (2030).”

Council only pledge for 2030

“Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.”

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

SectionSefton Metropolitan Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score32%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

986.4 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.6 tCO2e

per capita

4.9 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 Sefton Metropolitan 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
Gloucester City Council76%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council74%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council74%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority72%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council71%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council71%Yes2030Oct. 30, 2019
Burnley Borough Council70%No2030July 10, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council69%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea69%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council69%Yes2027July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sefton Metropolitan 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
Stoke-on-Trent City Council74%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
Gloucester City Council71%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea69%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council69%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Torbay Council68%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council68%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council67%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Isle of Wight Council65%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Burnley Borough Council64%No2030July 10, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council64%YesNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
West Lancashire Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority96%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Liverpool City Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Wirral Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Sefton Metropolitan 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
Cardiff Council97%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Darlington Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Kirklees Council97%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council96%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Swansea City Council95%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Leeds City Council92%Yes2030March 27, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council92%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Sheffield City Council91%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
Plymouth City Council91%Yes2030March 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sefton Metropolitan 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
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority100%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Sunderland City Council100%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority100%Yes2041June 28, 2019
Belfast City Council100%NoNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority100%Yes2038July 26, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council100%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Oxford City Council100%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Sheffield City Council99%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council99%Yes2030July 17, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council is a 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.

    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

    sefton.gov.uk
    Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @seftoncouncil
    Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Sefton Metropolitan 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 Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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