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South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Nov. 7, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2040

“Therefore, immediate action is required to reach zero or near zero carbon by no later than 2040.”

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 Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Author…Average combined authority council
Total score26%48%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
9.5/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
1/18
9.4/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/5
2.2/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
5.0/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
3.0/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
2.6/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
1.1/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
2.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

5849.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.2 tCO2

per person

3.8 ktCO2

per km2

10%

Commercial

35%

Domestic

19%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

31%

Transport

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities. Data has been combined from constituent local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority 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
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority89%No2038June 27, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council88%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council87%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Darlington Borough Council87%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council87%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Kirklees Council86%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority85%NoNo targetNo
Sunderland City Council84%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council83%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority 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 of Tyne Combined Authority92%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council89%Yes2030No
Midlothian Council89%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Darlington Borough Council88%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council87%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council87%Yes2030May 23, 2019
North East Combined Authority86%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
West Lothian Council86%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council85%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council85%Yes2030July 25, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Sheffield City Council96%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2040Sept. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority 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 Yorkshire Combined Authority98%No2038June 27, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Council98%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council97%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Newport City Council96%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Norwich City Council96%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Derby City Council95%No2050May 23, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority95%No2038July 26, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council95%No2037July 16, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2040Sept. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority 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
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council98%Yes2030June 19, 2019
St Albans City and District Council98%No2030July 9, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council98%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Leeds City Council98%No2030March 27, 2019
Aberdeen City Council97%Yes2045No
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Thanet District Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2050July 25, 2019

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority is a Combined 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
    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

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    sheffieldcityregion.org.uk
    South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s official homepage.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/south-yorkshire-mayoral-combined-authority/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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