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Somerset West and Taunton Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Feb. 21, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Somerset West and Taunton Council has declared a Climate Emergency and is committed to working towards carbon neutrality 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.

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Somerset West and Taunton Council was a top performer amongst district councils.

SectionSomerset West and Taunton CouncilAverage district council
Top performer Total score92%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
17/21
9.4/21
Section 2 · Top performer Mitigation and adaptation
18/18
8.1/18
Section 3 · Top performer Commitment and integration
7/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
3/5
0.5/5
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
5/5
1.5/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

661.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.3 tCO2

per person

0.5 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

15%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

44%

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 Somerset West and Taunton 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
Devon County Council81%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Dorset Council77%No2040May 16, 2019
Somerset County Council76%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
North Devon Council76%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Mendip District Council75%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council74%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council72%No2030May 9, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council71%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Worcestershire County Council70%Yes2030July 15, 2021
South Somerset District Council69%Yes2023May 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Somerset West and Taunton 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
Gloucestershire County Council92%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Boston Borough Council92%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Tewkesbury Borough Council91%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
West Sussex County Council89%Yes2030April 5, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council89%Yes2030No
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council88%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Colchester Borough Council88%Yes2030July 17, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council88%Yes2030May 21, 2019
East Devon District Council88%Yes2040July 24, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council87%NoNo targetNo

These councils grographically border or overlap with Somerset West and Taunton Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Devon County Council97%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Mid Devon District Council95%Yes2030June 26, 2019
East Devon District Council94%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council92%Yes2030March 20, 2019
North Devon Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Somerset County Council89%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
South Somerset District Council88%Yes2023May 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Somerset West and Taunton 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
Herefordshire Council92%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Breckland District Council89%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
South Holland District Council89%NoNo targetNo
Boston Borough Council89%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Forest of Dean District Council89%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Rother District Council87%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council87%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council86%No2030May 9, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary85%No2030May 16, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council85%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Somerset West and Taunton 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
Derry City and Strabane District Council92%Yes2045June 27, 2019
Suffolk County Council91%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Boston Borough Council91%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Ashford Borough Council91%Yes2030No
South Ayrshire Council91%No2045No
South Kesteven District Council90%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council89%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Cherwell District Council89%No2030July 22, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council88%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Stafford Borough Council88%No2040July 23, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Somerset West and Taunton 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

    somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk
    Somerset West and Taunton Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Somerset West and Taunton 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 Somerset West and Taunton Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Somerset West and Taunton Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/somerset-west-and-taunton-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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