Carlisle
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

August 2020

Plan scope

Plan covers council operations only

Climate emergency declared

March 2019

Working together

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

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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

582,103 tonnes

People in the local area

108,678

CO2 per person per year

5.4 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

582,819 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2019).

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)

2017
2018
2019

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 836 See all Initiatives

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

James Cropper PLC

Reducing carbon emissions with Mark Cropper and Richard Graham on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Allerdale
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Cumbria Action For Sustainability

Promoting low carbon living with Karen Mitchell on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Allerdale
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Shed 1 Distillery

Placing sustainability at the heart of small batch gin distilling.

Allerdale
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Circular Economy

The Rebuild Site: Rethink, Reclaim, Reuse

Reducing waste in construction by putting surplus materials to good use

Allerdale
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Built Environment

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership

Developing clean energy projects in Cumbria on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Barrow-in-Furness
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Kingmoor Park Solar Farm

Powering local businesses in Kingmoor Enterprise Zone with a four-acre solar farm.

Carlisle
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

Cumbria LED Street Lighting

Reducing carbon emissions from street lighting whilst protecting the Cumbrian dark skies.

Allerdale
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

Home Grown Here

Scaling-up vegetable growing in Cumbria to transform the local food system and supply chain.

Carlisle
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Waste
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature