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South Oxfordshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on April 11, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2025

“Our climate action targets are to: become carbon neutral within our own operations by 2025.”

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Our climate action targets are to: be a carbon neutral district by 2030.”

Climate documents

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

South Oxfordshire District 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.

SectionSouth Oxfordshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
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

679.2 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.8 tCO2e

per capita

1.0 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 Oxfordshire 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
West Oxfordshire District Council86%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Hart District Council81%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Harborough District Council79%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Tandridge District Council79%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council78%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council78%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council77%Yes2050No
West Berkshire Council76%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Waverley Borough Council76%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council75%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to South Oxfordshire 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
Harborough District Council86%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Epping Forest District Council83%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council83%Yes2030July 8, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council82%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council82%No2030May 27, 2021
Staffordshire County Council80%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council80%Yes2030April 3, 2019
East Ayrshire Council80%Yes2030No
Conwy County Borough Council80%Yes2030May 9, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council80%Yes2050July 25, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Reading Borough Council97%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Oxford City Council97%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
West Berkshire Council95%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council95%Yes2050No
Vale of White Horse District Council94%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Cherwell District Council94%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council93%Yes2030April 2, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Oxfordshire 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
West Berkshire Council98%Yes2030July 2, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council97%Yes2030June 26, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council96%Yes2030No
Mid Sussex District Council96%YesNo targetNo
Uttlesford District Council95%Yes2030July 30, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council95%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
St Albans City and District Council94%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Fareham Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council93%Yes2035July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Oxfordshire 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
Devon County Council91%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council91%Yes2030No
Chichester District Council90%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Norfolk County Council90%No2030No
Dorset Council90%Yes2040May 16, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council89%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Broadland District Council89%Yes2050No
Lincolnshire County Council89%Yes2050No
Rother District Council89%Yes2030Sept. 16, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council87%Yes2030March 20, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

South Oxfordshire 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

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

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