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South Cambridgeshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Nov. 28, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Our Zero Carbon Strategy [PDF, 5.5MB] was adopted on 21 May 2020. It outlines how we are supporting the district to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and reduce them to zero by 2050, including delivering a reduction in our own carbon footprint of at least 45% by 2025, (on a 2019 baseline), and at least 75% 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

SectionSouth Cambridgeshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score39%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
7/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

1002.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

6.3 tCO2e

per capita

1.1 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 Cambridgeshire District 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
Uttlesford District Council86%Yes2030July 30, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council81%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council77%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Horsham District Council75%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council75%NoNo targetNo
North Kesteven District Council73%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Harborough District Council73%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Cotswold District Council72%YesNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council70%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Winchester City Council69%Yes2024June 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Cambridgeshire District 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
South Derbyshire District Council96%Yes2030June 27, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council94%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Uttlesford District Council91%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council89%NoNo targetNo
Lichfield District Council88%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Teignbridge District Council88%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council86%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Breckland District Council85%No2035Sept. 19, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council85%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Babergh District Council85%Yes2030July 23, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cambridge City Council99%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council98%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority97%Yes2050No
East Cambridgeshire District Council96%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Uttlesford District Council95%Yes2030July 30, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council95%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council95%NoNo targetNo
West Suffolk Council92%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council92%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Braintree District Council92%Yes2030July 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Cambridgeshire District 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
Uttlesford District Council97%Yes2030July 30, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council96%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Harborough District Council95%Yes2030June 24, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council95%Yes2030No
South Oxfordshire District Council95%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Waverley Borough Council94%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Rushcliffe Borough Council94%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council94%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council93%YesNo targetNo
West Berkshire Council93%Yes2030July 2, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Cambridgeshire District 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
North Warwickshire Borough Council96%No2030Oct. 22, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council95%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council83%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council82%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council82%YesNo targetNo
Horsham District Council81%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Copeland Borough Council81%Yes2050No
Selby District Council80%Yes2030No
Uttlesford District Council78%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Harborough District Council78%Yes2030June 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

South Cambridgeshire District 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.

    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
    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

    scambs.gov.uk
    South Cambridgeshire District Council’s official homepage.
    @SouthCambs
    South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Cambridgeshire District 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 South Cambridgeshire District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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