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West of England Combined Authority

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 1, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“‘In 2030, the West of England is net zero carbon’.”

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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SectionWest of England Combined AuthorityAverage combined authority council
Total score31%48%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.5/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
7/18
9.4/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/5
2.2/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
5.0/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
3.0/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
2.6/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
1.1/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
2.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

3198.6 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.4 tCO2

per person

2.8 ktCO2

per km2

13%

Commercial

37%

Domestic

13%

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 of England 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
Worcester City Council89%No2030July 16, 2019
Swindon Borough Council88%Yes2030No
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council86%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Milton Keynes86%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Redditch Borough Council83%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council83%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council83%Yes2030March 14, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council82%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Bristol City Council82%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Cardiff Council82%Yes2030March 28, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West of England 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
Salford City Council92%No2038July 17, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council91%Yes2050No
Milton Keynes90%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Canterbury City Council90%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Fareham Borough Council88%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Worcester City Council88%No2030July 16, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council88%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames87%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council87%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Derby City Council87%No2050May 23, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Bath and North East Somerset Council98%Yes2030March 14, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Bristol City Council96%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018

These councils are the most similar to West of England 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
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council97%No2038March 28, 2019
Erewash Borough Council96%No2050No
Wyre Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Worcester City Council95%No2030July 16, 2019
Milton Keynes93%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council92%No2030May 27, 2021
Chorley Council92%No2030Nov. 19, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council92%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
North Northamptonshire Council92%No2030July 28, 2021
Leicestershire County Council92%No2030May 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West of England 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
Milton Keynes99%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Surrey County Council98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Thanet District Council98%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead98%No2050June 26, 2019
Warwick District Council97%No2030June 26, 2019
Preston City Council97%No2030April 18, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council97%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Three Rivers District Council96%No2030May 21, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority96%No2040Nov. 7, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

West of England 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

    westofengland-ca.org.uk
    West of England Combined Authority’s official homepage.

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