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West Oxfordshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 26, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“We have declared a climate and ecological emergency and made a pledge to become a carbon-neutral council by 2030.”

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 Oxfordshire District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Community, engagement and communications section.

SectionWest Oxfordshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score50%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
8/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 · Top performer Community, engagement and communications
9/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
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
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

553.3 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.0 tCO2e

per capita

0.8 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 Oxfordshire 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
South Oxfordshire District Council86%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Harborough District Council85%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Winchester City Council80%Yes2024June 5, 2019
North Kesteven District Council78%Yes2030July 11, 2019
West Berkshire Council77%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Horsham District Council76%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council75%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council75%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council74%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council74%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to West Oxfordshire 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
Denbighshire County Council92%Yes2030July 2, 2019
East Ayrshire Council90%Yes2030No
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)88%Yes2025May 22, 2019
Gwynedd County Council87%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Staffordshire County Council87%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Harborough District Council86%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Warwickshire County Council85%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Stafford Borough Council83%Yes2040July 23, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council83%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Fife Council83%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Vale of White Horse District Council96%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Cherwell District Council96%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council95%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council94%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Cotswold District Council93%YesNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Warwickshire County Council90%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council87%Yes2030May 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Oxfordshire 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
Uttlesford District Council98%Yes2030July 30, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council97%Yes2025April 11, 2019
West Berkshire Council96%Yes2030July 2, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council96%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council95%Yes2030No
Mid Sussex District Council93%YesNo targetNo
Winchester City Council92%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Harborough District Council91%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Stroud District Council91%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Harrogate Borough Council91%Yes2038April 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to West Oxfordshire 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
East Lothian Council99%Yes2045Aug. 27, 2019
Winchester City Council96%Yes2024June 5, 2019
South Somerset District Council89%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Denbighshire County Council89%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Chichester District Council89%Yes2025July 9, 2019
East Ayrshire Council88%Yes2030No
Cornwall Council (Unitary)88%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Broadland District Council85%Yes2050No
East Devon District Council84%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Norfolk County Council83%No2030No

Powers & Responsibilities

West Oxfordshire District 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

    westoxon.gov.uk
    West Oxfordshire District Council’s official homepage.
    @WodcNews
    West Oxfordshire District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check West Oxfordshire 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 West Oxfordshire District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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