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Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 23, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“We have pledged to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030, for those emissions that are under our direct control. ”

Whole area pledge for 2038

“This means having a net zero carbon footprint, and we aim to help the entire district achieve this goal too, within the same timeframe - if possible - but by 2038 at the latest.”

Climate documents

Last update: Sept. 27, 2021

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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Wakefield Metropolitan District Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in two sections including Commitment and integration.

SectionWakefield Metropolitan District CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score58%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
7/18
9.0/18
Section 3 · Top performer Commitment and integration
7/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
2.3/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1390.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.0 tCO2

per person

4.1 ktCO2

per km2

33%

Domestic

29%

Transport

21%

Industry

13%

Commercial

3%

Public Sector

0%

Agriculture

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 Wakefield Metropolitan 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
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority89%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Kirklees Council89%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Mansfield District Council87%No2040March 5, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority85%No2038June 27, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council84%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council83%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2038July 17, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council82%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Wakefield Metropolitan 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
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority91%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council89%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council87%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Kirklees Council87%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Wirral Council86%No2030July 15, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council85%No2030June 26, 2019
Halton Borough Council85%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Dover District Council85%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Leeds City Council96%No2030March 27, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority96%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority94%No2038June 27, 2019
Selby District Council94%Yes2030No
Sheffield City Council94%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Kirklees Council93%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council92%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wakefield Metropolitan 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
North Lanarkshire Council95%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019
North East Combined Authority93%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Kirklees Council91%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council90%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Durham County Council90%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council90%Yes2045May 29, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority90%No2040Nov. 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wakefield Metropolitan 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
Hertsmere Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council96%No2030June 26, 2019
Gedling Borough Council96%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
City of York Council96%No2030March 11, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Fylde Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Arun District Council95%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Thurrock Council95%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Inverclyde Council94%NoNo targetNo
Wokingham Borough Council94%Yes2030July 18, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council is a 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.

    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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    wakefield.gov.uk
    Wakefield Metropolitan District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Wakefield Metropolitan 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 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/wakefield-metropolitan-district-council/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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