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Winchester City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 5, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2024

“Winchester City Council sets out actions to achieve ambitious carbon neutrality targets - Commits council to a carbon neutral target by 2024.”

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Winchester City Council sets out actions to achieve ambitious carbon neutrality targets - Commits the Winchester district to go carbon neutral by 2030.”

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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SectionWinchester City CouncilAverage district council
Total score49%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

644.6 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.2 tCO2

per person

1.0 ktCO2

per km2

10%

Commercial

29%

Domestic

14%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

43%

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 Winchester City 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
West Oxfordshire District Council82%Yes2030June 26, 2019
West Berkshire Council81%No2030July 2, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council80%No2050No
Horsham District Council78%Yes2050June 26, 2019
North Kesteven District Council78%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Wiltshire Council77%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
East Hampshire District Council77%No2050July 18, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council77%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council77%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council77%No2030April 2, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Winchester City 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
Buckinghamshire Council89%No2050No
Chelmsford City Council88%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Guildford Borough Council87%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Warwick District Council87%No2030June 26, 2019
West Berkshire Council84%No2030July 2, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council81%YesNo targetNo
North Kesteven District Council81%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council81%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Stafford Borough Council81%No2040July 23, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council81%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Eastleigh Borough Council98%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Hampshire County Council98%No2050June 17, 2019
Fareham Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council96%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Portsmouth City Council96%No2030March 19, 2019
East Hampshire District Council96%No2050July 18, 2019
Havant Borough Council95%Yes2050No
Test Valley Borough Council95%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council90%Yes2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Winchester City 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
East Hampshire District Council98%No2050July 18, 2019
Stroud District Council98%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Mole Valley District Council95%No2030June 18, 2019
Horsham District Council95%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Tandridge District Council95%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Harrogate Borough Council95%No2038April 10, 2019
Guildford Borough Council94%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Rochford District Council94%Yes2030No
West Berkshire Council94%No2030July 2, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council93%No2050No

These councils are the most similar to Winchester City 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
West Oxfordshire District Council97%Yes2030June 26, 2019
East Lothian Council96%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
South Somerset District Council92%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)90%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Chichester District Council88%Yes2025July 9, 2019
East Ayrshire Council87%No2030No
East Devon District Council86%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Denbighshire County Council86%No2030July 2, 2019
Broadland District Council84%No2050No
South Holland District Council84%NoNo targetNo

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Winchester City 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.

    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
    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

    winchester.gov.uk
    Winchester City Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Winchester City 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 Winchester City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Winchester City Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/winchester-city-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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