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Shetland Islands Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 22, 2020.

Climate pledges

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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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Shetland Islands 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.

SectionShetland Islands 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 reduction projects

Local authorities in Scotland are required to publish yearly data on their compliance with their climate change duties – including the emissions reduction projects they are undertaking.

See all of Shetland Islands Council’s projects

65

Projects

1.8 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£8,464,529

Total capital cost

Emissions data

156.3 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.8 tCO2

per person

0.1 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

25%

Domestic

36%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

31%

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 Shetland Islands 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
Orkney Islands Council78%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
Scottish Borders Council60%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Argyll and Bute Council58%Yes2045No
Dumfries and Galloway Council54%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council51%No2045No
Aberdeenshire Council51%No2045No
Eden District Council43%No2030July 11, 2019
The Highland Council43%No2025May 9, 2019
Richmondshire District Council43%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Powys County Council43%No2030July 30, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Shetland Islands 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
Orkney Islands Council84%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
Gedling Borough Council75%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council75%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council72%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council72%NoNo targetNo
Pendle Borough Council72%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council71%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Fife Council70%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council69%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council68%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018

These councils are the most similar to Shetland Islands 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
Orkney Islands Council75%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council71%Yes2045No
Scottish Borders Council69%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Perth and Kinross Council63%No2045No
Dumfries and Galloway Council58%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Eden District Council56%No2030July 11, 2019
Richmondshire District Council50%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Powys County Council50%No2030July 30, 2020
Aberdeenshire Council49%No2045No
The Moray Council47%Yes2030June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Shetland Islands 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
Orkney Islands Council79%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council74%Yes2045No
Powys County Council71%No2030July 30, 2020
Scottish Borders Council69%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Dumfries and Galloway Council68%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Eden District Council64%No2030July 11, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council61%No2045No
Ryedale District Council56%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Ceredigion County Council55%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Aberdeenshire Council53%No2045No

Powers & Responsibilities

Shetland Islands Council is a Unitary Authority, 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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    shetland.gov.uk
    Shetland Islands Council’s official homepage.
    @ShetIslandsCLL
    Shetland Islands Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Shetland Islands Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Shetland Islands Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/shetland-islands-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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