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Worcestershire County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 15, 2021.

Council only pledge for 2050

“Make Worcestershire County Council, in all areas where it is directly responsible, carbon neutral by 2050, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”

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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SectionWorcestershire County CouncilAverage county council
Total score40%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
8/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

2756.5 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

28.7 tCO2e

per capita

26.4 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 Worcestershire County 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
Staffordshire County Council89%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council86%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Leicestershire County Council85%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council84%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Lancashire County Council84%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Bedford Borough Council83%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
West Sussex County Council82%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council82%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Swindon Borough Council81%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Worcestershire County 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
East Sussex County Council92%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Ashford Borough Council92%Yes2030No
West Sussex County Council91%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Essex County Council90%No2030No
East Devon District Council90%Yes2040July 24, 2019
East Suffolk Council89%Yes2030July 24, 2019
North Somerset Council89%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council89%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Staffordshire County Council89%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Leicestershire County Council89%Yes2030May 15, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Wychavon District Council96%Yes2050No
Redditch Borough Council96%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Cotswold District Council95%YesNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council94%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Worcester City Council93%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Birmingham City Council92%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council91%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Worcestershire County 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
Bedford Borough Council98%Yes2030March 5, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council97%Yes2030July 8, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council96%YesNo targetNo
Suffolk County Council94%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Colchester Borough Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Wyre Council93%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council93%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Flintshire County Council93%NoNo targetNo
Erewash Borough Council93%No2050No
Derbyshire County Council92%Yes2032No

These councils are the most similar to Worcestershire County 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
Lewes District Council98%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Swale Borough Council98%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Rugby Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
East Sussex County Council96%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Guildford Borough Council96%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Midlothian Council95%Yes2030Dec. 17, 2019
Mole Valley District Council95%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council94%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Fenland District Council94%NoNo targetNo
East Staffordshire Borough Council94%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

Powers & Responsibilities

Worcestershire County Council is a County Council, 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
    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.

    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.

    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 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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    worcestershire.gov.uk
    Worcestershire County Council’s official homepage.
    @worcscc
    Worcestershire County Council’s Twitter account.

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