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West Lancashire Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 17, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“In support of this, the Council declared a Climate Emergency in July 2019. The declaration included an aspiration to be a carbon neutral Council by 2030 and to take action across the borough of West Lancashire.”

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.

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West Lancashire Borough Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionWest Lancashire Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score54%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
9/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

595.3 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.2 tCO2e

per capita

1.6 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 West Lancashire Borough 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
Cheshire West and Chester Council84%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Wyre Council74%Yes2030July 11, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council72%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Nottinghamshire County Council70%No2030May 27, 2021
North Lincolnshire Council68%Yes2030No
East Staffordshire Borough Council68%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
East Lothian Council68%Yes2045Aug. 27, 2019
Carlisle City Council67%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Derbyshire County Council67%Yes2032No
Amber Valley Borough Council66%Yes2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Lancashire Borough 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
Cheshire West and Chester Council84%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council81%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council79%NoNo targetNo
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council75%Yes2030Oct. 30, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council75%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Richmondshire District Council75%Yes2030July 23, 2019
East Lothian Council74%Yes2045Aug. 27, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council72%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Tees Valley Combined Authority71%NoNo targetNo
Carlisle City Council70%Yes2030March 5, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Fylde Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
South Ribble Borough Council95%Yes2030July 24, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Chorley Council95%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2038July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Lancashire Borough 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
Warrington Borough Council94%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Leicestershire County Council94%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council94%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Swindon Borough Council93%Yes2030No
Vale of Glamorgan Council92%Yes2030July 29, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council91%YesNo targetNo
Canterbury City Council90%Yes2030July 18, 2019
West of England Combined Authority89%Yes2030July 1, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council88%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

These councils are the most similar to West Lancashire Borough 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
Ards and North Down Borough Council98%NoNo targetFeb. 27, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Braintree District Council96%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council95%Yes2030No
Folkestone and Hythe District Council93%Yes2030July 24, 2019
West Suffolk Council92%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
East Hampshire District Council92%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Hart District Council91%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council91%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Tendring District Council90%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

West Lancashire Borough 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

    westlancs.gov.uk
    West Lancashire Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @Westlancsbc
    West Lancashire Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check West Lancashire Borough 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 West Lancashire Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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