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South Ayrshire Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Council only pledge for 2045

“The Council have recently agreed to align with these national targets of a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2045.”

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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SectionSouth Ayrshire CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score42%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
8/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
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
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

630.1 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.6 tCO2e

per capita

0.5 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 South Ayrshire 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 Council77%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Fife Council73%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Angus Council71%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
Cumbria County Council71%Yes2050No
South Lanarkshire Council68%YesNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Flintshire County Council68%NoNo targetNo
East Ayrshire Council68%Yes2030No
West Lothian Council68%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Northumberland Council68%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Midlothian Council68%Yes2030Dec. 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Ayrshire 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
Ribble Valley Borough Council92%Yes2030No
North Yorkshire County Council88%Yes2030No
Gwynedd County Council88%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Derbyshire County Council88%Yes2032No
Amber Valley Borough Council87%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Carmarthenshire County Council87%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Cumbria County Council85%Yes2050No
Northumberland Council84%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Angus Council84%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
East Ayrshire Council83%Yes2030No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Ayrshire Council94%Yes2030No
North Ayrshire Council93%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council90%Yes2025June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Ayrshire 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
Carlisle City Council93%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Cumbria County Council91%Yes2050No
Allerdale Borough Council91%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
North Devon Council88%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Norfolk County Council86%No2030No
Lincolnshire County Council86%Yes2050No
Newark and Sherwood District Council86%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council85%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Devon County Council85%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
East Suffolk Council84%Yes2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Ayrshire 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
Carlisle City Council93%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Derry City and Strabane District Council91%Yes2045June 27, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council91%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
South Kesteven District Council87%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council86%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Boston Borough Council85%YesNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Scarborough Borough Council84%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council83%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council83%Yes2038April 10, 2019
Suffolk County Council83%Yes2030March 21, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

South Ayrshire 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.

    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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    south-ayrshire.gov.uk
    South Ayrshire Council’s official homepage.
    @SouthAyrshire
    South Ayrshire Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Ayrshire Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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