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West Lothian Council

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Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 24, 2019.

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Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 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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SectionWest Lothian CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score43%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
5/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
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
2/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
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 West Lothian Council’s projects

24

Projects

11.7 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£5,627,000

Total capital cost

Emissions data

859.8 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.7 tCO2

per person

2.0 ktCO2

per km2

13%

Commercial

33%

Domestic

24%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

26%

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 West Lothian 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
Midlothian Council84%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Renfrewshire Council82%No2030June 27, 2019
Falkirk Council81%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council80%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Fife Council80%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority76%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council76%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Carlisle City Council76%No2030March 5, 2019
Wyre Council76%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council76%Yes2050July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Lothian 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
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council92%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council92%Yes2030No
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Nottinghamshire County Council86%No2030May 27, 2021
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority86%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council85%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council85%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Midlothian Council84%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council83%No2030Jan. 7, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Falkirk Council97%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council96%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council95%Yes2030June 20, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council94%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Scottish Borders Council88%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020

These councils are the most similar to West Lothian 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
Flintshire County Council96%NoNo targetNo
Falkirk Council96%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
East Sussex County Council95%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council94%No2030April 3, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council93%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Westminster City Council93%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Essex County Council92%No2030No
East Suffolk Council92%No2030July 24, 2019
Bedford Borough Council91%Yes2030March 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Lothian 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
Chelmsford City Council98%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council97%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council97%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Canterbury City Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council96%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Arun District Council95%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Gravesham Borough Council95%No2030June 26, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

West Lothian 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: West Lothian Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/west-lothian-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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