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South Kesteven District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 26, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2050

“SKDC, with cross-party support, declared a climate emergency in September 2019 when it pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 30% by 2030 and become net-zero carbon as soon as viable before 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.

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SectionSouth Kesteven District CouncilAverage district council
Total score14%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
1/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
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
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

788.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.5 tCO2

per person

0.8 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

27%

Domestic

22%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

42%

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 South Kesteven 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
Cherwell District Council84%No2030July 22, 2019
Suffolk County Council82%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Derbyshire County Council80%Yes2032No
Melton Borough Council79%No2030July 17, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council79%No2030July 28, 2021
Lincolnshire County Council79%Yes2050No
Tewkesbury Borough Council79%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council78%NoNo targetNo
Gloucestershire County Council77%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council77%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Kesteven 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
North Northamptonshire Council90%No2030July 28, 2021
Norfolk County Council89%No2030No
Babergh District Council89%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Mendip District Council88%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council87%Yes2050No
West Lindsey District Council86%Yes2050No
Somerset County Council86%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
Cherwell District Council86%No2030July 22, 2019
South Somerset District Council86%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Flintshire County Council86%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Lincolnshire County Council97%Yes2050No
Rutland County Council96%No2050No
North Kesteven District Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Melton Borough Council94%No2030July 17, 2019
Peterborough City Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council92%No2030July 28, 2021
Newark and Sherwood District Council92%Yes2035July 16, 2019
South Holland District Council92%NoNo targetNo
Nottinghamshire County Council89%No2030May 27, 2021

These councils are the most similar to South Kesteven 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
Wiltshire Council96%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Selby District Council95%Yes2030No
New Forest District Council95%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Tewkesbury Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Stafford Borough Council94%No2040July 23, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council94%Yes2050May 14, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council94%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council94%No2040No
Test Valley Borough Council94%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Kesteven 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
Boston Borough Council96%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Scarborough Borough Council94%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Stafford Borough Council94%No2040July 23, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council92%Yes2030No
Suffolk County Council91%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council90%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
East Suffolk Council90%No2030July 24, 2019
Waverley Borough Council90%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Fife Council90%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

South Kesteven 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.

    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

    southkesteven.gov.uk
    South Kesteven District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Kesteven 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 Kesteven District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: South Kesteven District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/south-kesteven-district-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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