Leicester
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

2025

Plan published

January 2020

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

February 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

1,164,262 tonnes

People in the local area

354,036

CO2 per person per year

3.3 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

1,879,386 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 Leicester:

'Connecting Leicester' Programme

Doubling cycling rates and boosting bus journeys by 10% in Leicester.

Leicester
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Transport

Low Carbon Business Network

Helping pro-environmental businesses on their clean growth and zero carbon journey.

Derby
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy
  • Transport

East Midlands Development Corporation Programme

Getting the future to work.

Broxtowe
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Energy

Nottingham Bike Aid

Supporting key workers in travelling safely and reliably to work using active travel.

Derby
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Transport

School Streets

Increasing the number of students and parents or carers actively travelling to school.

Derby
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Transport
  • Built Environment

A Moment Of Change

Increasing the number of employees travelling actively to work.

Derby
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Transport
  • Built Environment

Previsico

Predicting and preventing flood impacts through next generation flood forecasting.

Birmingham
  • Flooding & drought
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Finance
  • Transport

Magna Park Lutterworth

Reducing carbon with Angela Jeffery from Magna Park on the Zero Carbon Tour.

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

De Montford University

Reducing carbon with Dr Andrew Reeves on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Leicester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Circular Economy

Leicestershire LED Street Lighting

Replacing traditional street lights with LED lights.

Leicester
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Finance