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Sheffield City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Feb. 6, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Setting the goal of becoming a zero carbon city by 2050.”

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

Sheffield City Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionSheffield City CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score0%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
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 data

2070.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.5 tCO2

per person

5.6 ktCO2

per km2

12%

Commercial

37%

Domestic

15%

Industry

7%

Public Sector

29%

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 Sheffield 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
West Yorkshire Combined Authority86%No2038June 27, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council85%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority84%Yes2040April 28, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority84%No2041June 28, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority83%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Derby City Council83%No2050May 23, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council82%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Preston City Council82%No2030April 18, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council81%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority80%No2038July 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sheffield 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
West Dunbartonshire Council87%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority83%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council82%Yes2030April 3, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority81%No2041June 28, 2019
Cardiff Council80%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Liverpool City Council79%Yes2030July 17, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority79%No2038June 27, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council78%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Newport City Council77%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Welwyn Hatfield Council77%Yes2030June 19, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority96%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council96%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
High Peak Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council93%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Derbyshire County Council93%Yes2032No

These councils are the most similar to Sheffield 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
Wirral Council98%No2030July 15, 2019
Leeds City Council98%No2030March 27, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Derby City Council95%No2050May 23, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council95%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Dundee City Council94%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Cardiff Council94%Yes2030March 28, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority93%No2038June 27, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council93%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sheffield 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
Elmbridge Borough Council99%No2030July 17, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority99%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2030July 18, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority99%No2041June 28, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority99%No2038July 26, 2019
Oxford City Council99%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Sunderland City Council99%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council99%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council99%Yes2030No
Cardiff Council99%Yes2030March 28, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Sheffield City 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.

    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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    sheffield.gov.uk
    Sheffield City Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Sheffield 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 Sheffield City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Sheffield City Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/sheffield-city-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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