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Jonny Wilkinson
UK100
For our State of the Network Report we look back at defining moments over the past five years, covered in our short film and accompanying download (coming soon), and delve into our members' climate and clean air ambition.

By November 2020, more than 110 local authorities had signed up to our original 100% clean energy pledge. What follows is a glance at some of their climate and clear air action, including members of our Resilient Recovery Taskforce. This is action that has seen low carbon heat networks, ambitious clean air zones, solar and storage projects, and hydrogen plants. Scroll down to find out more.

But there is so much more to do. Ahead of COP26, we're now asking our members to commit to a new, more ambitious, Net Zero-aligned pledge. It's a way to reflect the huge progress that has been made by our members, many of whom have committed to reach Net Zero well before the UK's legislated target of 2050. Add your voice to our call and join us today. Together we can lead the UK's response to Net Zero and build cleaner, more powerful communities.

Adur & Worthing Councils

Date declared climate emergency: 9 July 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2050

Key project: Carbon neutral plan

On 9 July 2019, the Joint Strategic Committee of Adur and Worthing Councils declared a climate emergency, and committed to working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. As part of this commitment, the councils resolved to develop a science- and evidence-based Carbon Neutral Plan that would identify the key actions and intervention measures required to set the councils on the path to Net Zero carbon emissions. This work is intended to provide the councils with an understanding of their own carbon emissions baseline and identify the steps that need to be taken to achieve the decarbonisation target by 2030.

Bassetlaw District Council

Date declared climate emergency: None

Net Zero target - council operations: None*

Net Zero target - whole area: None*

Key project 1: Carlton Forest Depot solar PV array and EV charging points

Solar PV array and EV charging points will be installed at Carlton Forest Depot, supporting the beginning of the council's electric fleet. This will be an important reduction in the council's largest source of Scope 1 emissions and help improve the district's air quality.

Key project 2: Cycling infrastructure

Part of the council's proposed Local Plan is to improve cycling infrastructure around key town centres like Worksop. Supporting active transport in Bassetlaw will help reduce traffic emissions and improve both air quality and well-being in these highly influential areas.

Key project 3: Town hall and leisure centre heating

As part of the council's application to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, the Worksop town hall and two leisure centres will have improved heating infrastructure installed. This will provide a more comfortable environment for their users and help reduce the Council's carbon footprint.

*Bassetlaw currently does not have set dates to achieving carbon neutrality, but this will be agreed upon shortly through supporting evidence from their newly elected Climate Change Officer.

Bristol City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 13 November 2018*

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2025

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Climate and Ecological Emergency Programme

A £4m programme of work, approved in November 2020, to enable the council to lead the city by example in its own operations and policies, coordinate action by partners, and support action by citizens. As part of this, a new website (www.bristolclimatehub.org) was launched to give citizens, businesses and other organisations ideas on how they can make greener choices and lower their carbon footprint

Key project 2: Bristol City Leap

City Leap is a series of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities that represent a big step towards a cleaner, greener Bristol. This will not only create a healthier and fairer city for all our residents, but also allows us to share our success. It will help to create jobs, maintain our economic competitiveness, de-carbonise the city, build strong partnerships and empower people to take their future into their own hands.

The final three bidders for this are expected by December 2020, with the partnership officially formed late 2021. Read more

Key project 3: Bristol Streetspace - Emergency Active Travel Fund schemes

Bristol Streetspace projects are being delivered with support from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve air quality. Started in summer 2020, this includes improved pedestrian and dedicated-cycle routes and the closure of Bristol Bridge to motorists – making it easier to walk and cycle while reducing congestion in the city.

"As the first UK city to declare climate and ecological emergencies, Bristol continues to show bold leadership and ambitious goals for low-carbon energy, food, infrastructure, transport and waste systems.

The council is unifying partners from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to make Bristol carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2030. Central to this is Bristol's pioneering One City approach, and at the beginning of 2020 we launched the One City Climate Strategy. This is supported by our recently approved multi-million pound Climate and Ecological Emergency Programme.

We are taking bold steps to clean up our air by reducing pollution – which like many cities, is above legal levels. Since Covid-19, we have been responsive to changes in how people live and travel around. Less congestion has made the air we breathe much cleaner, and we have pushed forward with plans to make public transport, walking and cycling easier and more accessible across our city."

- Marvin Rees,
Mayor of Bristol

*Bristol was the first council in the UK to declare a climate emergency. It marked the two year anniversary of this with a multi-million pound programme to reduce its carbon and ecological footprint

Camden Council

Date declared climate emergency: 9 April 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area:2030

Key project 1: Somers Town Energy

Working with Vital Energi, Camden Council has built a district energy network between Euston and King's Cross train stations in order to provide heating and hot water to 550 homes, a new primary school and community facility. The project involved the retrofitting of a new low carbon energy centre within an existing council-owned car park, alongside new cycle parking facilities.

Key project 2: Citizens' Assembly

Camden Council – with the help of a number of independent organisations – arranged a Citizens' Assembly in July 2019 to decide how the borough as a whole should address the climate crisis. The Citizens' Assembly on the climate crisis sits at the centre of Camden's response to the climate emergency and the aim of the process was to build demographically representative citizen consensus about how the local authority area should address the issue.

We believe this project has demonstrated excellence in the face of the climate emergency by empowering a diverse and demographically reflective group of residents, with input from the rest of the community, to contribute in the formulation of a plan to tackle the climate crisis. The project has increased awareness of the climate emergency in Camden, with a focus on how individuals and communities can help spark local action as well as influencing the council's operations.

Key project 3: WHO air quality standards by 2030

Camden's Clean Air Action Plan has been produced as part of our duty to London Local Air Quality Management. It outlines the action we will take to improve air quality in Camden between 2019 and 2022. Importantly, this Clean Air Action Plan is the first of three plans, which, with the support of residents, businesses and partners, aims to bring Camden into compliance with World Health Organization guidelines for air quality by 2030.

"We recognise the urgent and significant environmental challenges faced by not just Wigan Borough but around the world, and we want to be at the forefront of positive change.

Our Climate Change Strategy sets out how we will tackle this global issue. We are totally committed to working with our residents, young people and our partners to ensure we deliver on our key environmental targets and deliver a greener, cleaner and healthier borough for future generations.

The next few years will be an exciting time as we continue to accelerate our plans. The time for change is now, doing nothing is not an option."

- Cllr Paul Prescott,
Wigan Council's cabinet member for environment

Canterbury City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 18 July 2019

Net Zero target - council operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: None

Key project 1: The UK's first green hydrogen plant

The council gave planning permission for the construction of the UK's first green hydrogen plant in the UK in June 2020. Operated by Ryse Hydrogen, and located on council land on the edge of Herne Bay, the hydrogen produced will be 100% 'green', having been created using renewable energy from the nearby Kentish Flats offshore wind farm. The first customer for the fuel will be a new fleet of hydrogen-powered London buses, which will be emission-free since the gas produces no carbon emissions when burnt.

"We are committed to the council achieving its carbon neutral ambitions by 2030 by working hard to prepare, ratify and deliver our Climate Change Action Plan in a way that is economically viable and embraces the green recovery."

- Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding,
Leader of Canterbury City Council

Cardiff City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 28 March 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations:

Net Zero target - whole area:Carbon neutral city by 2030

Key project 1: One Planet Cardiff

Our draft One Planet Cardiff Strategy proposes a wide range of ambitious actions that will begin to form the basis of a delivery plan to achieve Carbon Neutrality. It aims to do this in a way that supports new green economies and greater social wellbeing in the city.

"In recent years, Cardiff Council has brought forward a range of initiatives to reduce its Carbon Footprint. Projects such as installing solar-energy systems on Council homes, introducing LED Street lighting on the city's road network, improving energy efficiency in Council buildings, and generating 1.3 Megawatts of solar energy in our schools and public buildings have all helped reduce the Council's direct Carbon Emissions by 45% since 2005. In the same time period, Cardiff's carbon emissions have reduced in the domestic sector by 38% and in the industrial and commercial sector by 55%.

Despite this success, we need to do more. That's why we declared a Climate Emergency last year, and why we're publishing this strategy today so we can deliver our vision of being carbon neutral by 2030. The need for change is right here, right now. Carrying on as we are is not a viable option. It's not sustainable. We are all going to have to think and act differently. The council will do everything it can to drive this agenda forward, but all of us as individuals now also need to look at how we live, and all of us need to start making choices about what legacy we want to leave for our children."

- Cllr Huw Thomas,
Leader of Cardiff Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Date declared climate emergency: 21 May 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2045

Key project 1: West Cheshire Action on Climate Change conference, 19 February 2020

The West Cheshire Action on Climate Change conference was organised as a partnership event bringing together experts from a range of industries, community groups and government departments to encourage support and enthusiasm for a borough-wide pledge to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2045 or earlier.

Key project 2: Launch of the Climate Emergency Fund, 14 August 2020

As part of the council's response to declaring a climate emergency in the borough a Climate Emergency Fund was established to support a range of low carbon projects in west Cheshire. This fund will support the ambition for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.

Key project 3: Draft Climate Emergency Response Plan published, 18 November 2020

The draft Climate Emergency Response Plan sets out the scale of the challenge that we face, as a borough, to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. The plan is guided by scientific evidence on the current state of emissions in west Cheshire and the engagement and intervention planning undertaken since the climate emergency was declared in May 2019. It outlines the action required to achieve carbon neutrality, and how the delivery of these actions will be tracked.

"Since the council declared a climate emergency in May 2019 we have been committed to doing all we can to help reduce carbon emissions in the borough. Our ambition, as an organisation, is to be carbon neutral by 2030, and for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.

Our draft Climate Emergency Response Plans highlight how ambitious these targets are and set out that, to achieve carbon neutrality, we will need to work together with businesses, partners and communities across the borough to drive lasting change, creating a healthier, more sustainable world for us all.

As a borough with one of the highest levels of industrial emissions in the country, it is especially important that we work with partners, both in industry and via other networks to rapidly decarbonise. Being part of the UK100 strengthens our ability to shape policy in order to make carbon neutrality a realistic and attainable goal for Cheshire West and Chester."

- Councillor Matt Bryan,
Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency

*Derbyshire has not declared a climate emergency but produced the Derbyshire Climate and Carbon Reduction Manifesto in May 2019 setting out the council's climate pledges.

Derbyshire County Council

Date declared climate emergency: None

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2032

Net Zero target - whole area: 2050

Key project 1: Derbyshire County Council Carbon Reduction Plan, November 2019

Derbyshire County Council remains committed to putting the principles of sustainable development into action in everything it does. This is so that development meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. Read more.

Key project 2: Derbyshire Environment and Climate Change Framework, November 2019

Councils across Derbyshire have been working closely together to develop this Framework. The Environment and Climate Change Framework seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels which are consistent with the allocated carbon budgets for Derbyshire and to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

"Derbyshire County Council is committed to reducing the emissions from its own estate and operations and to working with partners and stakeholders to reduce emissions across the county benefiting our environment, our health and our economy. "

- Councillor Tony King,
Cabinet Member for clean growth and regeneration

*Derbyshire has not declared a climate emergency but produced the Derbyshire Climate and Carbon Reduction Manifesto in May 2019 setting out the council's climate pledges.

Durham County Council

Date declared climate emergency: 22 February 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2050

Net Zero target - whole area: 2050

Key project 1: Climate Emergency Response Plan, 12 February 2020

To ensure that we meet our goals we have drawn up two fully-costed action plans, one for the council's target and one for the countywide target. Each plan is written in detail for the first two years and presents an outline of what will be required for the rest of the process and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

An updated version of the Response Plan will be made public every two years, including two new action plans for the next two years of work toward achieving our two goals. The Response Plan was submitted to and approved by Cabinet on 12 February 2020.

Key project 2: Single use plastics pledge

Our award-winning single use plastics pledge invites businesses and partner organisations to commit to reducing, and ultimately removing, single use plastic waste.

Key project 3: Street lighting energy reduction project

Durham County Council is carrying out a programme to upgrade more than 41,000 (revised to 55,000 in October 2015) street lights across the county. We are replacing existing light fittings with the latest light emitting diode (LED) lights which will reduce energy consumption by up to two thirds. The programme is part of the Street Lighting Energy Reduction Project which will reduce carbon emissions and save almost £24 million over 25 years.

"In 2020 Durham County Council pledged to reduce carbon emissions from its operations by 80 per cent from 2008/09 levels by 2030. We are also looking at what further action can be taken to make the county carbon neutral by 2050.

Local authorities are at the forefront of driving adaption and mitigation to climate change, and must be fully supported in the decades ahead if national targets of net zero by 2050 are to be met.

Since beginning a Carbon Management Programme across the Council in 2010, we have reduced our carbon emissions by 51 per cent. The Council's emissions make up only 3 per cent of those emitted in total by County Durham's homes, businesses, and travel activity.

Everyone who lives, works, visits, or travels in Durham needs to play their part in helping to reduce these emissions. So far, County Durham's emissions have reduced by approximately 53 per cent.

The Council remains committed to playing its part in addressing the huge impact of climate change."

- Cllr John Clare,
Durham County Council's climate change champion

Edinburgh City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 7 February 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: City Centre Transformation

Edinburgh's City Centre Transformation is an ambitious plan for a vibrant and people-focused capital city centre which seeks to improve community, economic and cultural life. It outlines a programme to enhance public spaces to better support life in the city, by prioritising movement on foot, by bike and by public transport. Read more.

Key project 2: Local development plan

adaptable and address the impacts of climate change, contributing to the delivery of a carbon neutral city by 2030. We want Edinburgh to be a city which supports everyone's physical and mental wellbeing.

To do this we want to create a network of greenspaces that protects our beautiful green setting and helps people make sustainable travel choices. We want to create new places that are of the highest quality and ensure that development in our city enhances and contribute to our existing communities. Read more in Edinburgh's City Plan 2030.

Key project 3: Town hall and leisure centre heating

Enfield Council

Date declared climate emergency: 18 July 2019

Net Zero target - lacal authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area:2040

Key project 1: Energetik heat network

Energetik is the local energy company owned by Enfield Council, set up to supply heat and hot water to over 15,000 homes and businesses across North London. It offers better value energy which is efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly. It aims to connect a minimum of 4,000 new homes by 2025 and 8,000 by 2030. Read more.

"This year Enfield Council has adopted an ambitious Climate Action Plan, with targets to be a net zero organisation by 2030 and a net zero borough by 2040. As well as reducing energy consumption, we will decarbonise energy in the borough, including by:

• Moving our own electricity supplies to 100 per cent REGO certified.

• Increasing renewable energy generation on our own sites, as part of new developments and within our existing communities.

• Connecting more homes and businesses to Energetik's heat networks which will reduce a home's carbon footprint from heat by up to 92.3 per cent in comparison to a traditional gas boiler system. Energetik will achieve this improvement upon completion of its main energy centre that will use locally produced waste heat from Edmonton Eco-Park.

We have also committed to offsetting the residual energy from our own operations using sustainable means, including the planting of 100,000 trees to recreate woodland in northern Enfield.

UK100 has been a forum for Enfield Council to learn from others, share our knowledge and showcase our achievements. Going forward it will continue to be an important network which supports recognition and delivery of our climate action ambitions."

- Cllr Ian Barnes,
Deputy Leader and the Chair of Climate Change Task Force

Essex County Council

Date declared climate emergency: None

Net Zero target - local authority operations: None*

Net Zero target - whole area: 2050

Key project 1: Essex Climate Action Commission

An independent body of over 30 commissioners which brings together climate experts from UN climate scientists to academics as well as business leaders and members of the Young Essex Assembly. Interim report published November 2020.

Key project 2: Solar panel installations

A project to install solar panels on Essex Outdoors Danbury and Danbury Park Community Primary School in November 2020. It is supported by funding from "Empower" (Enabling More People's OWnership in Energy tRansition) and the European Commission (Interreg North Sea Region Programme). A further school installation in Danbury is to follow in 2021. There is also roll out of smart meters and further solar panels in Essex schools with support from DfE.

Key project 3: The Essex Forest Initiative

In October 2019, we committed to plant £1million worth of trees over the next five years. This will include planting 375,000 trees, over 150 hectares, equivalent to the size of 210 football pitches.ex Forest Initiative. Read more.

"Being a member of the UK100 network is a great opportunity for us to link in with other councils to share information and learn from one another.

The coronavirus pandemic has shown all of us simple ways in which we can take action to reduce carbon emissions and lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. We need to make the most of this opportunity to take ambitious steps to make major changes to secure the future of our planet for future generations to come.

I am committed to tackling climate change issues. Just last month the new Essex Climate Action Commission, which we established earlier this year, launched its interim report laying out some of the steps Essex needs to take to become a net zero county by 2050. The work of the Commission helps support and guide our own Climate Action programme."

- Cllr Simon Walsh,
Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change Action

*The council will be setting a formal target in 2021.

Gloucestershire County Council

Date declared climate emergency: 12May 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2050

Key project 1: Gloucestershire Climate Change Summit, 21 May 2019

Gloucestershire County Council jointly hosted a climate change summit on 21 May with GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership, welcoming feedback from public, private and community sectors.

An audience of around 120 passionate and innovative people from across the county joined the discussion at the University of Gloucestershire last month to talk about taking action on climate change.

Key project 2: Youth Climate Panel, established September 2019

We have set up a youth panel to inform the county's actions. The first Youth Climate Panel meeting took place on 21 September 2019. We are pleased to be working with 40 young people aged 16 - 24 years on developing our Climate Change Strategy.

"We want everyone to be able to play their part in bringing about a Net Zero Gloucestershire and we want to be 80% there by 2030, and in doing so bring about a sustained significant improvement in air quality, improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.

In October, Cabinet signed up to the Gloucestershire Tree Strategy, developed by Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership, with the ambition of 20% tree canopy cover by 2030 and requiring 35 million trees to be grown, which will improve air quality.

As a direct result the Woodland Trust invited us to apply to their pilot Emergency Tree Fund – a proposal for £300,000 has been submitted, seeking to bring about at-scale tree planting and woodland creation in Gloucestershire this planting season and next, making a rapid start to delivering the Tree Strategy, building on successes to date.

Renewable electricity from the solar PV panels on Shire Hall charge our electric and plug-in hybrid pool cars, which in turn help to improve air quality displacing emissions from staff-owned 'grey fleet' vehicles.

Being a UK100 member demonstrates our commitment to realising our ambitions for Gloucestershire and through the County Climate Network to lobby Government to ensure we get the support we need to realise them."

- Peter Wiggins,
Outcome Manager, Sustainability

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Date declared climate emergency: 26 July 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2038 (carbon neutral target)

Net Zero target - whole area: 2038 (carbon neutral target)

Key project 1: Greater Manchester Local Energy Market

Greater Manchester has begun work on ambitious plans to revolutionise energy networks across the city-region, supporting a lower carbon future and our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038.

The proposals for a local energy market (LEM) would see Greater Manchester's 10 boroughs draw up plans to increase energy efficiency and pave the way for new technologies and low-carbon infrastructure in the future.

Key project 2: Energy Innovation Agency

A new Energy Innovation Agency (EIA) to be established between three Greater Manchester universities, local government and industry was announced in September 2020 with the aim of kick-starting a decade of clean energy innovation to meet the region's 2038 carbon neutral target.

Key project 3: Delivery of the first phase of Bee Network

The Bee Network proposal is a vision to make Greater Manchester an easier place for people to get around on foot or by bike. Our aim is to make the region a nicer place to live, work, get on and grow old and to connect every neighbourhood and community, while helping people be less dependent on cars.

The proposal is a vision for Greater Manchester to become the very first city-region in the UK to have a fully joined-up cycling and walking network: the most comprehensive in Britain covering 1,800 miles.

Greater Manchester's Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, put together a 15-step plan to transform our region by changing the way we move; this was called Made to Move.

This plan aims to tackle the societal problems that GM shares with the rest of the country - an obesity epidemic, air quality

p>We have set the ambitious goal of a zero carbon Greater Manchester by 2038, 12 years ahead of the rest of the UK. It's a tough target but we're confident we can get there, and that's because we've been laying very strong plans to get us to where we want to be./span>

 

We've got exciting plans, and we've been helped along the way in developing them by UK100. They've given us, and other local areas, a really strong voice to government with regards to the help that we need to give us the green growth, the green jobs, and the skills development we need to build a zero carbon economy."

- Andy Burnham,
Mayor of Greater Manchester

Hampshire County Council

Date declared climate emergency: 17 June 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2050

Net Zero target - whole area: 2050

Key project 1: Decision-making tools

Two new project screening tools have been developed to help services across the County Council assess the carbon emissions and resilience impact for all significant decisions.

• The adaptation screening tool will assess how multiple climate variables, such as extreme weather and flooding, can impact the management and finance of projects.

• The carbon mitigation tool will assess a project's direct and associated carbon emissions, providing information on where carbon emissions need to be reduced.

Created in partnership with the Carbon Trust, these innovative tools will support decision-making at the project initiation stage, providing a robust way of assessing projects, policies, and initiatives, allowing for mitigations and adjustments to be made from the start to achieve the best outcomes.

Both tools will be initially piloted within the Council's Environment Department from 1st October. This trial will allow the usability of the tools to be tested on real projects. Feedback from this pilot will be addressed before the tools are implemented across the whole Council from 1st April 2021.

The tools are intended to be used across the whole authority to understand how everything we do will have an impact on climate change or be impacted by climate change. The tools themselves will therefore act as a guide and allow officers to build their knowledge and understanding of how they can take account of and contribute to the climate change targets.

These tools provide a significant opportunity for Hampshire County Council to raise awareness of how climate change can be truly embedded within our whole organisation. It provides an invaluable training resource to support our staff in understanding how to do this for each service.

The tools also demonstrate that the Council is fully committed to acting on climate change by requiring decisions to undergo a robust and transparent assessment. These tools demonstrate leadership, innovation and forward-thinking by the Council and is as a unique and progressive approach within the local government sector.

Key project 2: Community projects

Four community projects, in collaboration with expert partners, and based on robust evidence, have been launched to deliver a cohesive programme of activity for residents to support them in reducing residential emissions and increasing energy generation opportunities. Read more.

Key project 3: Strategic Programmes

A series of large-scale, challenging Strategic Programmes have been developed, based on our Strategic Priorities, outlined in our Climate Change Strategy 2020-2025. The Strategic Programme focuses on bridging the gaps and establishing a programme of activity across key sectors to deliver the step change that will be required to achieve our challenging 2050 targets.

Uniquely, carbon impact estimates have been developed for each programme, working with the Carbon Trust, allowing the Council to track progress and be held accountable for delivery against the targets set.

 

"Climate change has already had a significant impact in Hampshire. Flooding and extreme weather events alone have caused damage to homes, infrastructure and our natural environment, with far reaching consequences for us as an authority and for our communities.

Engaging with Hampshire's communities and working with partners is key to ensuring this strategy is delivered and effective action is taken. We must embed climate change thinking into everything we do, and I am encouraged by how much significant activity is taking place across Hampshire."

- Councillor Jan Warwick,
Hampshire County Council's Climate Change Advisor to the Executive

Haringey Council

Date declared climate emergency: 18 March 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2027

Net Zero target - whole area: 2041

Key project 1: Draft Climate Change Action Plan

The Draft Climate Change Action Plan (DCCAP) sets out proposals how Haringey – as a borough, community and council – intends for the borough to become net zero carbon by 2041. Our community engagement work on the DCCAP through our Commonplace website closes on 4 January 2021, with the CCAP then expected to go before Cabinet in March 2021. Meanwhile, our Carbon Reduction Priority Simulator will remain open until 22 March 2021.

Key project 2: Council housing energy efficiency

Haringey Council has allocated £101m in its capital programme, which alongside external funding, will be used to improve the average energy efficiency of its council housing stock to an EPC rating of B over the course of the next decade (2020-2030).

Key project 3: Promoting active travel

With funding from Government and TfL, alongside the Council's own capital funding, we will continue to promote active travel – and encourage behavioural change among our residents – by implementing School Streets infrastructure outside our schools between now and 2025. For more details, visit the Haringey Council website.

"We're determined to improve the environment here in Haringey through the Climate Change Action Plan, the energy efficiency improvements in our council housing stock and our Active Travel and Schools Streets programmes. Measures such as these – among others – will help us all as we aim to become a net zero carbon council by 2027, and borough by 2041."

- Cllr Kirsten Hearn,
Haringey Council's Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Equalities and Leisure

Herefordshire County Council

Date declared climate emergency: 8 March 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030/31

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Climate Emergency Steering Group

A Climate Emergency Steering Group first met in December 2019 to begin development of a new countywide carbon reduction partnership and action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Significant work has been undertaken preparing a draft action plan which will be published in early 2021 with the creation of a new countywide Climate and Nature Partnership.

Key project 2: Keep Herefordshire Warm

Our Keep Herefordshire Warm service currently offers the following services to residents:

• Energy efficiency advice and administer grant funding to help keep Herefordshire residents healthy and comfortable at home.

• Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery will deliver 100 home energy efficiency upgrades to low-income, fuel poor households.

• Warm Homes Fund is providing first time gas heating systems in 585 homes across Herefordshire and Shropshire as well as providing additional targeted advice.

• Warm Homes Fund is also providing 75 first time central heating installs in rural properties in Herefordshire with renewable systems or LPG.

• Warm Homes Fund, Park Homes is delivering 123 new gas central heating systems to be installed in Fayre Oaks Home Park.

Key project 3: Destination Hereford

Between 2011 and 2020 Herefordshire Council has delivered the DfT funded Destination Hereford projects which have successfully delivered behavioural change and modal shift from car use to sustainable transport alternatives. The main objectives for the Access Fund are supporting local sustainable growth, improving active access to jobs, skills, training and education and reducing CO2 emissions.

Scheme elements include:

• City wide bike share scheme delivered by Beryl with 200 bikes across the city

• Active Travel in Schools, Colleges and Higher Education including pupil engagement cycling and walking activities.

• Choose How You Move, a communications campaign as well as walking actives, real time counters, adult cycle training and way marking

• Grass roots cycling and walking groups and activities including bike loans

• Healthy Lifestyle Trainers in partnership with Public Health to 'train the trainers' including a Walking for Health county wide initiative.

• Park and Choose sites to enable people to park outside of the city and walk, cycle or take the bus to their destination.

 

Under the Towns Fund we are proposing to deliver two new eBike projects before the end of March 2021:

• A grant scheme to support businesses purchase electric cargo bikes and electric bikes to enable them to reduce their carbon footprint, increase employee health and wellbeing and improve business efficiency. • Adding eBikes to the existing public bike share scheme alongside the existing pedal bikes.

"Herefordshire Council is committed to achieving net zero across its own operations by 2030/31. We have already made great progress towards this by reducing our carbon emissions by 49% from 2008/09 to 2019/20 but we know we need to do more. "We have set out an interim target to reach a 75% reduction by the end of the year 2025/26 in our latest carbon management plan and will publish a further carbon management plan in 2025/26 to set out how we will reach net zero carbon by 2030/31 or before.

Not only are we committed to reducing our own emissions, we are also committed to working with strategic partners, residents and local organisations across the county to collectively come together and support each other to reduce our impact on the environment and achieve countywide carbon neutrality.

We are also developing a nature strategy which will set out how we will protect and enhance biodiversity and achieve biodiversity net gain."

- Cllr Ellie Chowns,
Cabinet Member for Environment, Economy and Skills

Lancaster City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 30 January 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: None

Key project 1: Leisure centre running on almost 100% renewable energy

Plans are being developed to install a 1mW solar farm with battery storage on the former landfill site at Salt Ayre. As part of the plans we are looking to install a direct wire from the solar farm to Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. We anticipate this will meet the centre's annual electricity demands and we'll be reviewing options for it to work in conjunction with the heat pumps. This could lead to the leisure centre, the biggest consumer of energy on the council estate, running on close to 100% locally generated, renewable energy.

Key project 2: Fleet electric upgrade

Ongoing replacement of our existing vehicle fleet with electric alternatives and additional provision of pool cars for business travel. Electric charge points have also been installed close to our offices and in key council car parks.

Key project 3: People's Jury

The jury was formed to examine the response to the climate emergency so far and produce recommendations that will be used to guide the future work of the council and a range of other organisations across the district.

It first met in February 2020 and delivered its recommendations in November 2020. They recognise that while local authorities need to accept and financially support the recommendations, real change will only come about by involving communities.

A briefing has been provided to stakeholders on the findings and a public meeting has been arranged to engage our communities and ask for their ideas on how they can be implemented. Feedback to date has been positive, with stakeholders keen to embrace the aims.

"It is urgent we take action to reach net zero, we cannot be overwhelmed by the challenge, we must act, we must learn from those further down the path and we must mobilise others to act.

Being part of the UK100, which connects us with other councils who share our commitment to net zero, is an important part of our commitment to reach net zero. We share what we have learnt, we learn from others and together we will reach net zero."

- Cllr Erica Lewis,
Leader of Lancaster City Council

Leeds City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 27 March 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations:2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: District Heating Network

The network provides sustainable heat and hot water to homes, businesses and civic buildings using heat generated from household waste at the city's Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF).

Work to install the second phase of the 19km network has progressed faster than planned in 2020 due to a reduction in city centre traffic during the coronavirus lockdown. The progress means that well known buildings including the Civic Hall, Town Hall, Leeds Art Gallery, Central Library and Leeds City Museum can connect to sustainable heating sooner than expected.

Once fully built out, the district heating network will save a combined 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. The project has helped employ more than 430 people in the local low carbon sector including 36 apprentices.

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Part of the council's proposed Local Plan is to improve cycling infrastructure around key town centres like Worksop. Supporting active transport in Bassetlaw will help reduce traffic emissions and improve both air quality and well-being in these highly influential areas.

Key project 3: Town hall and leisure centre heating

As part of the council's application to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, the Worksop town hall and two leisure centres will have improved heating infrastructure installed. This will provide a more comfortable environment for their users and help reduce the Council's carbon footprint.

"Leeds City Council is committed to tackling climate change and creating a fairer and healthier city for all. We've already committed to significantly cut our own emissions and become a carbon neutral city by 2030. However, this journey will not be without its challenges.

The UK100 network gives us the opportunity to work together to better solve the challenges local authorities are currently facing. I look forward to continuing to work with local leaders across the country on the road to net zero."

- Cllr Judith Blake,
Leader of Leeds City Council

*Bassetlaw currently does not have set dates to achieving carbon neutrality, but this will be agreed upon shortly through supporting evidence from their newly elected Climate Change Officer.

Lewisham Council

Date declared climate emergency:27 February 2019

Net Zero target - council operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Two studies supporting our Core Strategy

In 2020 Lewisham has delivered two studies supporting the Council's new Core Strategy in shaping the way housing meets zero carbon standards and creating opportunities to bring in further investment to support heat networks in the borough. The studies are energy master-planning and strategic heat decarbonisation.

Key project 2: Support for vulnerable households

The Council's Action Plan prioritises support for vulnerable households. Thanks to funding from the Mayor of London, the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme and UK Power Networks, the project now supports residents across South London. Between now and March 2021 we will be giving practical assistance to over 3,500 households in Lewisham and South London, helping them stay warm and well this winter.

Key project 3: Community Energy Fund

Lewisham established a Community Energy Fund in 2019, supporting local organisations to deliver innovative community-based climate projects. This project has funded work by Retrofit Action for Tomorrow (RAFT) in St Winifred's School, Lewisham, to identify the works to school buildings that will create a zero carbon school. Find a video about these projects here.

"Since declaring a climate emergency in early 2019 we have been working on a number of projects to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030.

These include research projects to support our housing team to meet zero carbon standards, supporting vulnerable households with their energy use and supporting local organisations in delivering innovative community-based climate projects.

We are also taking strong steps to help improve air quality and protect people's health with new banded charges for resident and business parking permits based on a vehicle's CO2 emissions."

- Cllr Sophie McGeevor,
Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Resilient Recovery Taskforce member)

Date declared climate emergency: 24 May 2019

Net Zero target - whole area: 2040

Key project 1: Mersey Tidal Power project to be delivered by 2030

After a year-long study, a team of industry-leading experts has concluded that there is a strong strategic case for taking the Mersey Tidal Power Project forward to address potential future energy shortfalls, tackle the climate emergency, achieve zero carbon targets, and support a more stable renewable energy mix. Read more.

Key project 2: 600km cycling and walking network under construction

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Liverpool City Region Cycling and Walking Commissioner Simon O'Brien have committed to the acceleration and broadening of the city region's cycling and walking scheme, with investment to rise from £16m to more than £30m.

Pop-up cycle lanes, expanded footpaths in key locations to support social distancing and the installation of new secure bike storage at key locations like hospitals, work places and around rail and bus stations are amongst measures to be introduced as quickly as possible. Read more.

Key project 3: Community Environment Fund worth half a million pounds launched in October

Community environment groups across the city region are set to benefit from a £500,000 fund, which aims to improve the environment in the Liverpool City Region, encourage long-term behavioural change, and promote community engagement and participation in environmental projects. Read more.

"Since I was elected Mayor, tackling the climate crisis has been one of my top priorities and I was proud that we were the first Combined Authority in the country to declare a Climate Emergency in recognition of the scale of the challenge we face.

But we aren't just talking about climate change, we're taking firm action to reverse it. We plan on being net zero carbon a whole decade ahead of national targets, are taking polluting buses off the roads and replacing them with hydrogen models and retrofitting our region's homes to make them much more energy efficient.

Best of all, we're developing plans to harness the power of the River Mersey, our region's lifeblood for centuries, through a tidal scheme that has the potential to generate enough clean, predictable energy to power up to one million homes. I am lobbying hard for Government support but, as far as I am concerned, it should be a no brainer for them.

It is part of my plans to establish us as Britain's 'Renewable Energy Coast', building on the impressive energy mix we already have in our region, from offshore wind to hydrogen and solar.

We know that we cannot solve the climate conundrum alone – but we are determined to do our bit. If everybody plays their part, we will start to see major progress. It is time for the government to start playing much more of a leading role."

- Steve Rotheram,
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region

Manchester City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 10 July 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2038

Net Zero target - whole area: 2038

Key project 1: Civic Quarter Heat Network

The network will generate low-carbon heat and power for the city, helping Manchester to reach its ambition of becoming zero-carbon by 2038 at the latest. It will initially serve six iconic city centre buildings and has the potential to grow by connecting further buildings across the city centre in the future. The first buildings to be connected to the network will be Manchester Town Hall Extension, Central Library, Manchester Central Convention Centre, The Bridgewater Hall, Heron House and the ManchesterArt Gallery, with the Town Hall due to be connected in 2023, at the conclusion of its current refurbishment and partial restoration project. The scheme is projected to save an initial 1,600 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and the energy centre will become even more efficient as additional buildings are connected.

Key project 2: Purchase of 27 electric refuse collection vehicles

Manchester City Council is replacing almost half of its refuse collection vehicles with emission-free electric alternatives. 27 new electric refuse collection vehicles (e-RCVs) have been ordered to replace diesel wagons which had reached the end of their natural lifespans. The £9.8m investment is a big step towards delivering the Council's zero carbon action plan which aims to halve its direct carbon emissions by 2025 as part of a wider drive to make Manchester zero carbon by 2038 at the latest in response to the climate change emergency. The switch to electric eRCVs will save around 900 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Key project 3: West Gorton sponge park

The West Gorton sponge park has been developed as part of the H2020-funded GrowGreen project. The project aims to demonstrate how Nature Based Solutions can mitigate the impact of climate change. The new €1.5 million community park demonstrates how flood risk can be reduced through the use of "green infrastructure". It opened in June 2020 and includes a number of sustainable urban drainage features, such as swales, rain gardens, permeable paving and bio-retention tree pits to reduce the amount of rainwater entering the sewer system. The park also aims to improve local biodiversity and provide a much-needed green space for residents to exercise, socialise and relax.

"We have made demonstrable progress since the declaration of the climate emergency and established a strong platform for further radical action.

The climate emergency is exactly what it says. Not every change can happen overnight and many are complicated to deliver, but we are moving with pace and determination.

People will understandably wonder whether the huge economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic will dilute our environmental ambitions.

I would like to reassure everyone that playing our full part in limiting the impact of climate change will be an integral part of the recovery - not only benefiting people's health and wellbeing but creating new opportunities in the green economy."

- Cllr Angeliki Stogia,
Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport

Newcastle City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 3 April 2019

Net Zero target - loacl authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Rolling out an £8m street lighting programme (by summer 2021)

An £8 million street lighting programme that, by summer 2021, will see around 34,000 street lights replaced across the city with more energy efficient, better visibility, LED alternatives, resulting in projected annual savings of around £1.4m. Read more.

The new, more efficient LED equipment will cost about 60 per cent less to power and can play an important part in reducing carbon emissions. They will also help to mitigate any future rises in electricity prices.

 

Key project 2: Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project

A £3.9m BEIS funded Electrification of Heat demonstration project, in partnership with E.ON, exploring how to overcome barriers to people adopting alternatives to more traditional boilers and demonstrate the feasibility of a large-scale rollout of heat pumps in advance of the proposed ban on installing gas systems in new homes from 2025. As part of the project 250 homes in Newcastle will be fitted with free heating upgrades. Read more.

Key project 3: Clean Air Zone

A Clean Air Zone (CAZ) for Newcastle city centre that, from later in 2021, aims to reduce the number of high polluting vehicles, including older buses, HGVs, vans and taxis, entering our city in order to improve air quality. Read more.

"The Climate Emergency is as real as it was before the pandemic and climate change remains the challenge of our generation. "

We have a once-in-a lifetime moment to inspire and empower people to deliver lasting local change, transitioning our city from two centuries of reliance on fossil fuels, and driving a green recovery that helps our society & economy build forward better.

We must grasp that opportunity for the benefit of all."

- Cllr Nick Forbes,
Leader of Newcastle City Council

North of Tyne Combined Authority (Resilient Recovery Taskforce member)

Date declared climate emergency: 7 May 2019

Net Zero target - council operations:

Net Zero target - whole area:

Key project 1: Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change

Cabinet approved the creation of a Citizens' Assembly in February 2020 to look at a specific set of issues relating to climate change that would produce actionable recommendations for the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) to consider.

Key project 2: Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change programme

NTCA's Energy and Green Growth and Climate Change programme was approved in March 2020 and allocated over £24m to 2023 with the intention that this will bring in significant levels of additional funding and investment. The programme has three overarching themes: offshore wind, green growth, and climate emergency.

• Offshore wind: an initial £12m to support the development of the offshore wind sector. This includes a £6.5m subsea infrastructure and subsea call for proposals to support the development of a robust pipeline of investable propositions with a focus on developing infrastructure. It also includes a £3.5m Technology, Innovation and Green Growth for Offshore Renewables (TIGGOR) programme designed to boost supply chain growth and productivity. NTCA have partnered with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, who will deliver the TIGGOR programme on our behalf

• Green Growth: a £10m Green New Deal fund was approved which will support the development of a 'green economy' in the area. The projects that will be supported by this funding will create/safeguard local jobs while decreasing carbon emissions. NTCA have invited proposals from organisations to manage £9m of the Green New Deal Fund. NTCA has allocated £1m of the Green New Deal fund to support project development capacity to enable low carbon projects to progress to investment decisions. This will be managed separately.

• Green Skills: £2m to support development of green skills as part of our broader approach to skills. We are currently developing our appoach.

• Climate emergency and supporting communities to reduce carbon emissions

○ £100,000 towards development work to establish an NTCA revolving Carbon Reduction Fund, and to set an ambition that this Fund will leverage over £10m of projects. The development work will include establishing proposals for funding and delivery mechanisms to support bottom-up community energy generation proposals. ○ £100,000 to develop a pipeline of future interventions to support citizen, community and public sector engagement – currently developing our approach.

Key project 3: Developing a co-benefits approach to policy with Ashden

NTCA are working with Ashden, a climate change charity, who have funded a two-year post based at NTCA to support the development of a climate change co-benefits approach to policy.

"The climate emergency is real and urgent. But no individual or organisation can tackle it alone – we must work together.

We're taking serious action in the North of Tyne with our Green New Deal, investing in offshore wind and green skills and engaging the public through our Citizens' Assembly on climate change.

As we recover from the coronavirus crisis we must build back cleaner, greener and better."

- Jamie Driscoll,
North of Tyne Mayor

Norwich City Council

Date declared climate emergency: 29 January 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2050*

Key project 1: Solar Together

The UK's first reverse solar auction was led by Norwich City Council and our partners IChooser in 2015. To date, with over three rounds of the scheme, it has installed more than 2.2 MW of solar capacity across the area, avoiding 1,800 tonnes of CO2 and enabling homeowners and businesspeople to benefit from low group purchase prices (average savings sit at 25%). Solar together is now running successfully across the UK and is also installing domestic and commercial battery storage.

Key project 2: Carbon Management Programme

Started in 2007, the Carbon Management Programme (CMP), funded via SALIX, has rolled out over 200 energy saving projects worth over £2m. With a 4.39 year average saving and nearly 60,000 tCO2e lifetime savings. Projects include LED upgrades, voltage management, new IT and cooling, insulation and motor controls to name just a few.

Key project 3: : Building for the future

We have recently completed an award winning development of 93 new Passivhaus homes at Goldsmith Street. These homes are ultra-low energy, meaning residents use a lot less gas and electricity. Thanks to their energy efficient design and eco-technology annual energy costs are estimated to be 70% cheaper than for the average household.

This development helps tackle fuel poverty in the city and is aligned with Norwich City Council's climate change agenda. This is one of the largest residential certified Passivhaus developments in the UK, and all homes are let for social rent. We are proud to say that Goldsmith Street won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019, awarded to the UK's best new building. We also won the inaugural Neave Brown Award for Housing, which recognises the best new affordable housing in the UK.

We also started one of the largest mixed tenure Passivhaus house developments in the UK - Rayne Park in the west of Norwich, and have built a carbon-negative car park, which sequesters 59 tonnes of CO2e annually. Finally we are also retrofitting our significant social housing stock making it more energy efficient year on year.

"Our Norwich 2040 City Vision commits us to keeping Norwich a liveable city for future generations, and we are proud of our substantial progress, as indicated by the multiple national awards and commendations we've received in recent years.

We recently created a cross-party Climate and Environment Emergency Executive Panel, to gather our collective thoughts and work together to deliver positive change for the city. We're confident that we will continue to do that in the future."

- Councillor Kevin Maguire,
Cabinet Member for Safe and Sustainable City Environment

*City wide shift to renewable energy by 2040

Oldham Council

Date declared climate emergency: 11 September 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2025

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Community owned and led energy for security climate change and employment (COALESCCE)

Oldham Council is the lead partner for COALESCCE; a Europe wide project to help deliver community green energy projects.

The five year project will see public bodies from across Europe work together to share expertise to help community energy projects get off the ground.

"In OIdham we know that our net zero commitments are very ambitious. However, the scale of the climate and ecological emergency demands that we act. Doing nothing is not an option.

We also believe though that there is a huge opportunity for our residents and businesses to play their part in, and benefit from, the jobs and training opportunities which will come out of the low carbon transition."

- Councillor Sean Fielding,
Leader of Oldham Council

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

Date declared climate emergency: November 2019

Net Zero target - council operations:

Net Zero target - whole area: 2040

Key project 1: Sheffield City Region Energy Strategy

The Energy Strategy, launched in July 2020, outlines how the region could achieve its ambition to be at Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040, ten years before the goal set by government.

The strategy is based on collaboration between academia, businesses and South Yorkshire communities, and includes plans to ensure no new homes use fossil fuels by 2025, a zero-emission public transport fleet by 2035, and at least five mine water schemes, which use water from former mines to heat nearby homes and communities, by 2040.

It also includes ambitions to create 3,500 jobs and training opportunities in the low carbon and renewable energy sector, and to cut car miles by a quarter – a goal supported by a separate plan from Active Travel Commissioner Dame Sarah Storey to create more than 1000km of cycling and walking routes in the region over the next 20 years.

 

Key project 2: Renewal Action Plan

The Renewal Action Plan (RAP) is the main vehicle through which we're bidding and preparing for the extraordinary funding we need for a green transformation.

The RAP includes proposals for £200m of green investment just over a period of 18 months, "to accelerate our transition to Net Zero, while creating jobs, building up our high-value industries, and improving quality of life for our communities.

Key project 3: Northern Forest

Tree planting helps increase carbon capture in the city region and we will be using a natural capital mapping approach to help identify optimum locations for habitat creation such as woodland, wetland and peatbog that can capture and lock in more carbon.

In the right place, woodland creation and tree planting can also support Climate Adaption, by improving air quality, reducing the impacts of extreme temperatures and rain water attenuation in the urban

A Woodland Creation Officer is joining us to work with the Local Nature Partnership, the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and other partners to map and collate evidence, identify opportunities for woodland creation, prepare a delivery plan and raise additional funding to put this plan into action.

Mayor Dan Jarvis has also tabled an amendment to the Environment Bill requiring the government to give a legislative basis to targets for tree planting across England.

"Climate change is the biggest threat we face. Since South Yorkshire's leaders declared a Climate Emergency in November 2019, we have pushed ahead with our efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the region no later than 2040, ten years ahead of the national target.

Our £1.7billion Renewal Action Plan sets out the roadmap for a stronger, greener and fairer economy in the wake of the pandemic. The plan includes more than £200m of proposed green investment over just 18 months to accelerate our transition to Net Zero, while creating jobs, growing our high-value industries, and improving quality of life for our communities.

As we recover from the economic and social impact of coronavirus we need the government to play its part and enable the extraordinary investment we need as part of a Green New Deal for the whole country. The spending that is so essential to boost the economy and create jobs must also help us tackle the enormous challenge of climate change."

- Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis

Shropshire Council

Date declared climate emergency: 24 May 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: Supporting community-led partnership which is developing a strategy to deliver county-wide net-zero by 2030

Key project 1: Corporate Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

Our Climate Change Strategy assembles policies and actions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change, ensuring a sustainable future for the county. It develops a collective council response to harness all existing activity. This is essential to ensure that all services play a vital role in addressing climate change and communicating collective action. An outline carbon budget and trajectory will be published in December 2020.

Renewable energy generation and storage opportunities

We're developing renewable energy generation and storage opportunities on the Council's land and property portfolio with the objective of delivering corporate energy self-sufficiency by 2030. Read more.

Pop-up cycle lanes, expanded footpaths in key locations to support social distancing and the installation of new secure bike storage at key locations like hospitals, work places and around rail and bus stations are amongst measures to be introduced as quickly as possible. Read more.

Key project 3: Community Environment Fund worth half a million pounds launched in October

We're working with commercial partners and Birmingham University to explore the feasibility of hydrogen vehicle fuel manufacture in Shrewsbury.

"Shropshire Council is committed to becoming net-zero carbon by 2030. We have already reduced our carbon output by 25% since 2013 and we're working incredibly hard to develop and deliver projects that will reduce our carbon output and energy consumption while having sustainable positive outcomes for Shropshire's resident and business communities.

As a rural county we face unique challenges in comparison to urban areas and being active members of national groups like UK100 and the Countryside Climate Network is crucial to supporting our progress on this important issue at a local level."

- Cllr Dean Carroll,
Shropshire Council Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change

Somerset County Council

Date declared climate emergency: 20 February 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Climate Emergency Strategy

The Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy was agreed by all five councils in Somerset on 25 November 2020. The strategy will identify ways that Somerset might work to together towards being carbon neutral by 2030 and adapt to predicted climate change impacts.

Key project 2: Climate Emergency Community Fund

A new grant scheme is now available to help local communities take positive action to help Somerset become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change.

From 1 October, city, town and parish councils and community organisations in unparished areas across Somerset are invited to bid for between £5,000 and £75,000 for innovative projects that can make a real difference in reducing carbon emissions and can contribute to making Somerset resilient to the effects of climate change.

Key project 3: Carbon Reduction Business Grants

Carbon reduction grants were made available on 16 November 2020 until 31 March 2021. Businesses in Somerset can apply for a carbon reduction grant of between £500 and £1,000 until 31 March 2021 to help improve their carbon footprint. The grant is being made available by the five councils in Somerset as part of the Climate Emergency Strategy.

"The council is working to deliver on Somerset's Climate Emergency Strategy actions based on feedback gathered from residents and businesses. Our key actions in the strategy are to cut our emissions and build resilience to the likely risks that may arise.

We will now work together with the community to help them understand how they can reduce their carbon footprint. We will be working hard to reduce our own carbon footprint and where necessary, lobby government on national policy.

We are delighted to be part of the Countryside Climate Network and work collaboratively to combat climate change."

- Cllr Clare Paul,
Cabinet Member for Public Health & Climate Change

South Lakeland District Council

Date declared climate emergency: 26 February 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2037

Key project 1: Climate Change Community Fund

Exciting and innovative carbon reduction projects have been given cash boosts by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC). Grants totalling nearly £20,000 to 10 organisations have been approved from SLDC's Climate Change Community Fund, launched in August and ending in September 2020.

Key project 2: Carbon Literacy Project training for members and officers

From December 2020 to April 2021, SLCD is taking part in Carbon Literacy Project training. Carbon Literacy is relevant climate change learning that catalyses action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Literacy Project is based on the key aim that if we are to cut our carbon emissions by the kind of reductions demanded of us by science, then we will need to change culture alongside technology. Carbon Literacy training is offered through workplaces, educational institutions and communities.

"South Lakeland District Council is invested in action to combat climate change. We have declared a climate emergency and have a Climate Change Action Plan based on suggestions gathered from our residents and businesses. Local authorities are ideally placed to show leadership, listen and work alongside our communities.

We are delighted to be part of the Countryside Climate Network. When we work collaboratively to address the impact of climate change and biodiversity loss, there is the potential to do much more because we are doing it together."

- Cllr Dyan Jones,
portfolio holder for climate emergency and localism

South Tyneside Council

Date declared climate emergency: 18 July 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: None*

Key project 1: Viking Energy Network Jarrow - UK-first renewable energy scheme

The Viking Energy Network, whose construction is due to start in early 2021 and complete in late summer 2022, will harness low-grade heat from the River Tyne and export it to public sector buildings, including schools. It's the first of its kind to combine a river source heat pump, a combined heat and power (CHP) back-up system, a 1MW solar farm, and a private wire electrical network with a storage battery. It's projected to save 1,035 tonnes of carbon per annum and has attracted £3.5m ERDF funding due to the innovative nature of scheme.

Key project 2: Hebburn Minewater Scheme

The Hebburn Minewater Scheme, whose construction is due to start in spring 2021 and complete in summer 2023, will draw geothermal energy from abandoned flooded coal mines in former Hebburn Colliery to heat council-owned buildings including homes. It is expected to deliver an annual reduction of 319 tonnes of carbon and has attracted £3.8m ERDF funding due to its innovative nature.

Key project 3: Middlefields Recycling Transfer Station

The Middlefields Recycling Transfer Station, completed in December 2019, allows up to 20,000 tonnes of recyclable materials to be sorted on site, cutting vehicle emissions by 400 tonnes per year, as well as 140,000 litres of fuel. Solar panels installed in the roof space will generate around 80,000 kW of electricity annually. 900kW turbine is planned for the site, which would cut annual carbon emissions by around 470 tonnes.

"Climate change is a very real and present danger. As a council we take our responsibilities to reduce our carbon footprint very seriously and work to embed the green agenda in our policy making and the wider work that we do.

We're implementing strategies and developing projects that bring about real change and contribute significantly to our drive to become carbon neutral by 2030.

We're reducing the amount of carbon being emitted, while increasing our renewable capabilities and moving to cleaner, greener renewable sources for our energy supplies.

All of this action, and more, is making a significant contribution in our fight against the devastating effects of climate change but we don't have the time or luxury for complacency, and we know there is still more to be done."

- Cllr Ernest Gibson,
Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety

*While we do not have a specific target or date established for a carbon neutral borough, we have declared within the Climate Change Strategy that we will 'Lead by example, establishing South Tyneside Council as a champion for a carbon neutral future for the borough. This will include using the council's advocacy role to influence actions across all our communities and across the region that promotes carbon reduction.'

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Date declared climate emergency: 10 July 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan

The council adopted a Green Infrastructure Strategy in 2018 and is now in the final stages of agreeing the delivery plan and identifying the projects to be taken forward. This work is being delivered in partnership with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust who have undertaken habitat mapping to identify opportunities to improve, expand and connect Moorlands sites including, but not limited to, parks, open spaces, playing fields and woodlands. Projects will look to deliver better connected corridors for both people and wildlife to travel.

Key project 2: Climate Emergency Declaration one year on

Much of the work we have done to date is 'under the radar' but critical for the identification and delivery of targeted, effective actions that will bring about change. We're laying strong foundations by increasing councillor (district, town and parish) and staff knowledge of the science of climate change so we can better understand how to mitigate the impact and we've partnered with experts at Keele University to deliver training events and provide expert advice. We're also strengthening our links with our communities and our businesses and industries in recognition of the fundamental role they have in achieving success. Read more.

Key project 3: Embedding Net Zero targets into council policies and strategies

The council wants to lead by example and is taking every opportunity to ensure our policies and strategies reflect our objectives of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. Reflecting the breadth of services we provide, the projects we're working on include everything from ensuring we use our procurement processes to build in 'green' practices and looking to move to electric fleet vehicles to ensuring council buildings are single-use plastic free, and reminding our teams to turn off their monitors and office lights at the end of the day. Read more.

"Tackling climate change remains every bit as important as it was before the Covid-19 health pandemic and the council is wholeheartedly committed to a 'green' recovery in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Rural communities such as ours are at the forefront of both feeling the effects of climate change and taking action to address it and I am determined that we use our influence to ensure we leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it.

To that end we're developing a Nature Recovery Network and, with our partners, we're already working on around 60 nature-based projects across our District.

Being part of UK100 means we can learn from others, share our successes and experiences and be part of the voice that speaks collectively to amplify these messages and move faster towards our shared goal of achieving carbon neutrality and mitigating against the impact of climate change."

- Cllr Joe Porter,
Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Biodiversity

Trafford Council

Date declared climate emergency: 28 November 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: 2038

Key project 1: Carbon Neutral Action Plan

On December 14 2020, the Executive will be considering the Council's Carbon Neutral Action Plan. This is a comprehensive plan for the whole borough that sets how we will be working with our residents, businesses and partners in order to meet the challenges faced by the borough. The plan includes a series of practical short term, medium term and long term actions that will enable us to meet our carbon neutral aims.

Key project 2: Move Urmston leisure centre redevelopment

As an example of work already done that highlights our commitment to net zero, the redevelopment of our leisure centre – Move Urmston – was praised for its innovative use and sustainability. The refurbishment of existing buildings saved a huge amount of embodied carbon, while roof insulation and added vents in the sports hall, makes use of natural air to keep the hall cool, rather than the use of air conditioning. Further measures, such as auto-off switches and a more efficient heating system have resulted in the leisure centre achieving a 6.9% reduction on the carbon emissions from the notional equivalent.

"Air pollution is estimated to contribute to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester each year and that is simply appalling.

We cannot stand by and fail our children by continuing to pollute the world. Trafford is therefore committed to cleaning up our borough so that we can all enjoy a better quality of life.

We realise that our plans our ambitious but we cannot do this alone. That is why we are working with businesses and partners in Trafford to achieve our aims. All of our boroughs in Greater Manchester are also working together on issues such as our Clean Air Zone, with myself as Green City-region Portfolio Lead for Greater Manchester.

It is also vital that we are able to speak to like-minded authorities, to discuss ideas, ambitions, challenges and opportunities. This is where being a member of UK100 is so useful. By coming together as one group, we can lead the way on climate change and clean air, and deliver a better world for our residents and future generations."

- Cllr Andrew Western,
Leader of the Council and with portfolio responsibility for Sustainability and Climate Change

Wakefield Council

Date declared climate emergency: 23 May 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030*

Net Zero target - whole area: 2030

Key project 1: Retrofitting council buildings

Our ambition is to reduce the consumption of energy across our 794 council buildings and ensure they are as energy-efficient as possible, with the added intention of reducing utility costs for water, electricity, and gas. Success will be partly measured against a reduction in the energy consumed across the council's buildings and estate, alongside a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions; a reduction in the council's spend on energy. Read more on page 17 of our Climate Change Action Plan.

Key project 2: Converting the fleet to ultra-low emissions

Our ambition is to embrace the best technologies and create suitable infrastructure to allow all of the council's fleet vehicles and plant to be converted and/or replaced with ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) by 2030. Success will be partly measured against an increase in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) and a corresponding reduction in the levels of CO emissions from the council's fleet. Read more on page 17 of our Climate Change Action Plan.

Key project 3: Creating sustainable lifestyles and communities

Our ambition is for all employees and elected members of the council to understand the climate change emergency and be responsive to this within their day- to-day actions, decisions, and longer term visions and plans for both internal services and the district as a whole. And furthermore, for interventions to be made into appropriate procurement processes to embed carbon reduction in third party service delivery, and for existing supply chain partners to be engaged with to help us achieve the same goal. Read more on page 29 of our Climate Change Action Plan.

"The UK's current target is to be carbon neutral by 2050 but Wakefield Council made a pledge to go both further and faster to respond to the threat of climate change.

We have to lead by example and we believe that the proposed Climate Change Action Plan provides a solid foundation for sustained and rapid carbon emission reductions. This will enable the Council to demonstrate its full commitment to the climate emergency, to deliver against its net zero promises, to protect our local environment, to increase biodiversity and make our district a cleaner, greener and better place to live.

We all need to work together collectively to combat climate change. That is why it is so important to us to find out what matters to our residents and businesses and how we can support them to shape our future plans. It is also crucial that we involve the next generation, who will be the ones most affected by climate change.

We hope our ambitious plans will not only be used to reduce our emissions as a Council but be the start of a behavioural shift where reducing impacts of climate change are instrumental in everyday decisions. We hope to help educate, influence and inspire the wider district to lead a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle."

- Cllr Joe Porter,
Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Biodiversity

*For emissions that are under our direct control. We also hope that the entire district can achieve this goal too if possible, if not we hope to achieve it by 2038.

Waltham Forest Council

Date declared climate emergency: 25 April 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: None*

Net Zero target - whole area: None*

Key project 1: Climate Emergency Commission

Following our announcement of a climate emergency in 2020, we established London's first Climate Emergency Commission. The Waltham Forest Climate Emergency Commission will inform the council's Climate Emergency Strategy and make recommendations for how, as a borough - organisations, residents, visitors and businesses - can work together towards tackling a global issue, locally.

Key project 2: Enjoy Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest 'Mini Holland' certainly lives up to its name. With its modal filters – measures that limit the passage of motor vehicles through residential areas (rat running) –, helping to support and prioritise the near 50% of residents who do not own a car to safely travel by foot or bike, more often. 33km of new segregated cycle lanes now criss-cross the borough linking up our low traffic neighbourhoods.

With 500 bike hangers installed in residential streets, seven cycle hubs at key rail and tube stations and a substantial package of free cycle training and free bike loans we are also putting in place the necessary complementary measures to help sustain and encourage an increase in cycling in Waltham Forest.

Our bold approach is working, according to 2018 King's College London research, more than 51,000 households across the borough now no longer live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution compared to a decade before.

Key project 3: SALIX Recycling Fund

We are investing more than £1.17m on energy efficiency improvements in 2020-21. These improvements will reduce the council's carbon emissions by 308 tonnes of CO2 a year and the estimated £155k annual savings generated from the improved energy efficiency, will help to offset possible future increases in wholesale energy costs.

This builds on our investment of more than £2.8m on energy efficiency improvements over the last decade, such as £640,000 of energy efficiency improvements in eleven maintained schools. These projects have created annual savings of £84,382 and 243 tonnes CO2e. Read more.

"Waltham Forest already has a strong record of achievement and we are determined to continue this as we work with our partners and our residents to tackle the growing climate emergency, whether it through infrastructure projects like Waltham Forest 'Mini Holland', or working with partners to invest in a range of energy efficiency projects, to simple things like planting more trees.

It's evident that our approach is working, however we know we have much more to do, that's why going forward, we're looking to reflect on the outcomes and recommendations from our Climate Emergency Commission to help us shape and support our own, our partners and resident's response around the installation and development of additional low and zero carbon technologies across the borough to realise further significant CO2 savings.

We know that we need to change, not the climate. That's why we are not apologetic about the bold changes we have made and will continue to make. This is a key commitment in our new Public Service Strategy and these changes have to be made for the good of our children, our climate and the wider good."

- Cllr Clyde Loakes,
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment

*This will form part of the Council's climate emergency strategy, which is due in Spring 2021, following an assessment of our Climate Commissions recommendations.

Wigan Council

Date declared climate emergency: 17 July 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2038

Net Zero target - whole area: 2038

Key project 1: Naturalising the borough

This project, launched in May 2020, aims to attract wildlife and species of wildflowers never usually seen in the borough. An extended break from grass cutting during the pandemic allowed the council to identify species of wildflowers that have flourished in the borough and using information from the break, teams will explore other areas which can benefit from increased biodiversity.

Key project 2: Council transformation

We have already replaced our 36,900 street lights across the borough with new LED derivatives, reducing CO2 emissions by over 3,400 tonnes per year and saving the council over £1m on its annual energy bill. The annual carbon reduction report shows that 10,948 kilo tonnes of CO2 were emitted from council buildings and street lights between 2016 and 2017, a reduction of 7% on the previous year.

Key project 3: Eco-schools programme

We understand that young people will be instrumental in driving forward environmental benefits in years to come and how important an issue it is to them. That is why we host an annual eco-schools programme which brings together children from various schools in the borough to learn more about the environmental challenges facing us. We see the young people of our borough as the key catalyst to the real behaviour change needed for the successful transition to a carbon free future.

"We recognise the urgent and significant environmental challenges faced by not just Wigan Borough but around the world, and we want to be at the forefront of positive change.

Our Climate Change Strategy sets out how we will tackle this global issue. We are totally committed to working with our residents, young people and our partners to ensure we deliver on our key environmental targets and deliver a greener, cleaner and healthier borough for future generations.

The next few years will be an exciting time as we continue to accelerate our plans. The time for change is now, doing nothing is not an option."

- Cllr Paul Prescott,
Wigan Council's cabinet member for environment

Wiltshire Council

Date declared climate emergency: 26 February 2019

Net Zero target - local authority operations: 2030

Net Zero target - whole area:

Key project 1: Highway LED light replacement project

We are investing £12m on a major public highway LED light replacement project which is projected to reduce carbon emissions by 83% compared with 2013/14. To be completed by 2022.

Key project 2: Zero carbon council homes

We are investing £195m in new zero carbon council homes and £289m on improving the energy efficiency of all existing council homes by 2032.

Key project 3: Salisbury River Park scheme

We are working with the Environment Agency and Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the £18m Salisbury River Park scheme. This scheme will deliver significant flood prevention measures to reduce the risk of flooding for existing residents and businesses in Salisbury City Centre. This includes additional flood defences, improvements for leisure and recreational uses, plus ecology and biodiversity enhancements.

"We're delighted to be a founder member of the Countryside Climate Network and to sign the Net Zero pledge to ensure the important voice of rural councils is heard in the fight against climate change.

Climate solutions and green recovery packages have largely missed the rural voice, and we need to be properly funded to support our ambitions as a rural county, so we can create opportunities in the Wiltshire countryside.

Carbon neutrality will be extremely challenging to achieve and we will need investment from government to help us meet this goal. COP26 will shine a spotlight on the UK's role in tackling climate change, and we need to show leadership at all levels, from national to local, to achieve this.

There are so many things councils can do to help tackle climate change. For example, in Wiltshire we are investing £195m in new zero carbon council homes and £289m on improving the energy efficiency of all existing council homes by 2032."

- Cllr Richard Clewer,
Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for climate change

Wychavon District Council

Date declared climate emergency: None

Net Zero target - local authority operations: At least 75% reduction by 2030

Net Zero target - whole area: As quickly as possible, but 2050 at the latest

Key project: Intelligently Green Plan 2020 – 2030

The latest plan, adopted August 2020, contains four priorities: energy, low carbon travel, natural environment and policy and resources. Several targets are included in the plan:

• Reduce Wychavon's own carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 from 3,066 tonnes to 767 tonnes

• Halve the district's carbon emissions by 2030 and get to net zero by 2050 at the latest

• Double the size of Wychavon's low carbon economy by 2030

• Triple renewable energy generation across the district by 2030

• Capture at least 500 tonnes of CO2 every year by 2025 through restoring, enhancing and creating a range of habitats across the district

"Wychavon has been taking action on climate change for more than 10 years and our latest Intelligently Green Plan (2020-2030) sets out an even more ambitious but realistic plan to cut carbon emissions of the council and the wider district.

Our vision is to lead the district to be carbon neutral as quickly as possible and by 2050 at latest, as well as growing the local low carbon economy and restoring, enhancing and creating a range of natural habitats. We are pleased to join other ambitious local government on the UK100 pledge to work together to achieve a clean and green future."

- Cllr Emma Stokes,
Executive Board Member for Environment