Lancaster
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

September 2019

Plan scope

Plan covers council operations only

Climate emergency declared

January 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

535,455 tonnes

People in the local area

148,119

CO2 per person per year

3.6 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

762,067 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 Lancaster:

Cosy Homes in Lancashire

Installing low carbon measures to save energy and reduce fuel bills.

Blackburn with Darwen
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

Advanced Bacterial Sciences

Boosting efficiency, remediate pollution and regenerate natural systems using bacterial solutions.

Bolton
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Built Environment
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Bowland Priority Peat

Restoring peatland habitat in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lancaster
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Flooding & drought
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature

EV Charging Research

Reducing carbon with Tom Barker on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Lancaster
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy
  • Transport

Green Lancaster

Reducing carbon with Darren Axe from Green Lancaster on the Zero Carbon Tour.

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

Lancaster City Council

Reducing carbon with Gina Dowding and Kevin Frea from Lancaster Council on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Lancaster
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Energy

Lancashire County Council

Reducing carbon with Shaun Turner on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Blackpool
  • Carbon emissions
  • Flooding & drought
  • Circular Economy

Morecambe Bay Curriculum

Reducing carbon with Nik Marsden on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Lancaster
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Circular Economy
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Lune Valley Community Land Trust

Developing 20 affordable Passivhaus homes in partnership with South Lakes Housing

Lancaster
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Lancaster Cohousing

Creating a showcase of sustainable living.

Lancaster
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Salt Ayre Leisure Centre Decarbonisation Project

Cutting carbon emissions from Lancaster City Council's highest CO2-emitting building.

Lancaster
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Lancaster District Car Club

Providing electric cars for both the council and the public.

Lancaster
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Finance

Reuse360 Hub

Diverting quality items out of the waste stream and into the homes of people in need in Lancashire.

Burnley
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Finance

The Winmarleigh Carbon Farm

Restoring the carbon storage capacity of peatlands.

Lancaster
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Charge My Street

Installing and operating community electric vehicle chargepoints.

Lancaster
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Energy