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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 documents

Last update: May 23, 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 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

5151.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.6 tCO2

per person

3.3 ktCO2

per km2

35%

Domestic

31%

Transport

19%

Industry

10%

Commercial

4%

Public Sector

1%

Agriculture

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 Council92%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority91%No2038June 27, 2019
Kirklees Council89%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council89%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council89%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council88%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council88%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Sheffield City Council86%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Mansfield District Council86%No2040March 5, 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
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council91%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council90%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council89%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council89%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council88%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority88%No2038June 27, 2019
Wirral Council88%No2030July 15, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council87%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2030March 10, 2020
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
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council95%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Bolsover District Council95%YesNo targetNo
Mansfield District Council93%No2040March 5, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council93%No2030May 27, 2021

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
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority97%No2038June 27, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Council97%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Newport City Council96%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council95%No2037July 16, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Mansfield District Council92%No2040March 5, 2019
Pendle Borough Council92%Yes2030July 11, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Peterborough City Council91%Yes2030July 24, 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
St Albans City and District Council97%No2030July 9, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council97%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead97%No2050June 26, 2019
Milton Keynes96%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Three Rivers District Council96%No2030May 21, 2019
Aberdeen City Council96%Yes2045No
West Yorkshire Combined Authority96%No2038June 27, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority96%NoNo targetNo
Thanet District Council95%Yes2030July 11, 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

    southyorkshire-ca.gov.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 26 Sep 2022].

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