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Stirling Council

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Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 3, 2019.

Climate pledges

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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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Stirling Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionStirling CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score64%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
5.1/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
2.1/4

Emissions reduction projects

Local authorities in Scotland are required to publish yearly data on their compliance with their climate change duties – including the emissions reduction projects they are undertaking.

See all of Stirling Council’s projects

37

Projects

0.7 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£4,478,681

Total capital cost

Emissions data

572.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.1 tCO2

per person

0.3 ktCO2

per km2

9%

Commercial

27%

Domestic

26%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

34%

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 Stirling 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
Angus Council73%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council65%Yes2030No
Perth and Kinross Council65%No2045No
South Ayrshire Council64%No2045No
Aberdeenshire Council63%No2045No
Craven District Council63%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
South Lakeland District Council62%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Cumbria County Council62%Yes2050No
Northumberland Council61%Yes2030June 11, 2019
East Ayrshire Council60%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Stirling 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 Yorkshire County Council83%Yes2030No
South Ayrshire Council80%No2045No
Chichester District Council80%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Durham County Council80%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council80%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Gwynedd County Council78%No2030March 7, 2019
Derbyshire County Council78%Yes2032No
Shropshire Council - Unitary78%No2030May 16, 2019
South Staffordshire Council78%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Denbighshire County Council77%No2030July 2, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Dunbartonshire Council96%Yes2045No
West Dunbartonshire Council96%Yes2045May 29, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council93%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council92%NoNo targetNo
Falkirk Council92%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council92%No2045No
Argyll and Bute Council85%Yes2045No

These councils are the most similar to Stirling 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
Aberdeenshire Council86%No2045No
Craven District Council84%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Richmondshire District Council82%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council76%No2045No
Hambleton District Council76%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
South Lakeland District Council75%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council74%Yes2030No
Derbyshire Dales District Council73%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Cotswold District Council71%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Angus Council69%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Stirling 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
Angus Council82%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
The Moray Council71%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Carmarthenshire County Council71%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Torridge District Council69%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Melton Borough Council66%No2030July 17, 2019
Herefordshire Council65%Yes2030March 8, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council62%Yes2030No
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council61%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Breckland District Council60%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Aberdeenshire Council60%No2045No

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Stirling Council is a Unitary 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
    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.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    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.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    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
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    stirling.gov.uk
    Stirling Council’s official homepage.
    @StirlingCouncil
    Stirling Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Stirling Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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