Cardiff
Climate Action Plan

Nationally, the UK has a legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Many local councils have more ambitious targets. There are nearly 400 principal councils across the country: the majority have a net-zero target of 2030. Further information from the Council.

Local net-zero target date

2030

Plan published

March 2020

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

March 2019

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans from data.climateemergency.uk

If you have more recent Climate Action Plan information for this area, please contact mySociety at [email protected]

CO2 emissions

It's hard to visualise CO2 emissions. The data talks about 'tonnes of CO2' - but what does a tonne of gas look like? Well, imagine a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume). One tonne of CO2 would fill one of these hot air balloons.

Additional local carbon emissions

Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported here because of our consumer demands. Imported emissions are so big they should not be hidden*.

* Note: Imported emissions are estimated based on the Total UK Goods & Services Greenhouse Gases imported emissions (Defra UK's Carbon Footprint 2016: 353mt CO2 eq) pro-rated based on Local Authority population size and assumed equal per capita consumption of imported goods and services across all Local Authorities.

CO2 emissions in total

1,358,452 tonnes

People in the local area

369,202

CO2 per person per year

3.7 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

1,942,056 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2020).

Local carbon emissions by sector

In getting to net zero as quickly as possible, we need to look at how we do things differently in every sector.

(000t)

2018
2019
2020

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 1042 See all Initiatives

There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around Cardiff:

Project Drawdown

Reducing carbon emissions from anaesthetic gases.

Bridgend
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment

Sustainable Inhaler Prescribing Programme

Reducing NHS Wales’ carbon footprint by improving the type of inhaler therapy.

Cardiff
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Circular Economy

Cardiff Climate Action Cafe

Encouraging and supporting people to take positive action against climate change at a local level.

Cardiff
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Green Health Wales

Connecting, learning, and transforming healthcare to improve sustainability in Wales.

Blaenau Gwent
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Circular Economy Innovation Communities

Supporting public sector organisations to develop solutions and deliver Circular Economy benefits.

Caerphilly
  • Excessive consumption
  • Food security & supply
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Built Environment

Llys Nini Environmental Project

Providing biodiversity and community wellbeing.

Bridgend
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Cardiff Cycle Workshop

Enabling more people to cycle through the provision of education, recycled bikes and repairs.

Caerphilly
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Transport
  • Circular Economy

Stored Ammonia for Energy (SAFE)

Building a humidified ammonia hydrogen gas turbine combustor for green energy production in Wales.

Cardiff
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy

Tip Shops South Wales

Rescuing reusable items from being thrown into skips and make them available to people in need.

Blaenau Gwent
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Welsh Water's Community Woodlands Project

Regenerating semi-ancient woodlands to boost local ecology, public health and wellbeing.

Cardiff
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Welsh Water's ENRaW Project

Transforming two operational Cardiff reservoirs into a thriving hub for health and wellbeing.

Cardiff
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Built Environment

The BioComposites Centre (BC) ERL Controlled Growth Room

Helping decarbonise industrial sectors in Wales and across the UK.

Cardiff
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Waste
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Repair Cafe Wales

Supporting communities to run repair cafes to fix household items for free and reduce waste.

Cardiff
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Hydrogen Use For Electricity

Researching how to transition from natural gas to hydrogen for electricity production.

Cardiff
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy

Splo-Down Community Food Group

Coming together as a community to meet our food needs collectively.

Cardiff
  • Food security & supply
  • Greater fairness
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Orangebox

Reducing carbon with Gareth Banks from Orangebox on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Cardiff
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Green Squirrel

Sharing skills and telling stories for a greener, fairer future.

Cardiff
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy
  • Transport