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West Midlands Combined Authority

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 28, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2041

“It is also clear that achieving our climate goals will require an unprecedented reduction in emissions, which is why WMCA has set a realistic timeframe for its zero carbon target, for 2041.”

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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West Midlands Combined Authority was a top performer amongst combined authority councils.

SectionWest Midlands Combined AuthorityAverage combined authority council
Top performer Total score89%48%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
18/21
9.5/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
17/18
9.4/18
Section 3 · Top performer Commitment and integration
5/5
2.2/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
5.0/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
3.0/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
2.6/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
4/5
1.1/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
2.5/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

10178.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.5 tCO2

per person

11.3 ktCO2

per km2

11%

Commercial

37%

Domestic

15%

Industry

6%

Public Sector

32%

Transport

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 West Midlands 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
Salford City Council89%No2038July 17, 2019
Derby City Council89%No2050May 23, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council88%No2028July 17, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority86%No2038July 26, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council86%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority85%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Halton Borough Council84%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Sheffield City Council84%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority84%No2038June 27, 2019
Preston City Council83%No2030April 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Midlands 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
Cardiff Council90%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Derby City Council88%No2050May 23, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council87%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Salford City Council85%No2038July 17, 2019
Canterbury City Council84%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Lancaster City Council84%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Bedford Borough Council84%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council83%No2030March 21, 2019
City of York Council83%No2030March 11, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority83%No2038June 27, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with West Midlands Combined Authority. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Birmingham City Council99%No2030June 11, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2030March 10, 2020
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council96%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Wolverhampton City Council96%No2028July 17, 2019
Coventry City Council92%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Midlands 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
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2038July 17, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council96%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Salford City Council96%No2038July 17, 2019
South Tyneside Council94%No2030July 18, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority94%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council92%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Pendle Borough Council92%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council91%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Peterborough City Council91%Yes2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Midlands 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
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority100%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Oxford City Council100%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Sunderland City Council100%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Belfast City Council100%YesNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority100%No2038July 26, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council99%No2030July 17, 2019
Sheffield City Council99%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Greater London Authority99%YesDec. 1, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

West Midlands 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

    westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk
    West Midlands Combined Authority’s official homepage.

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