Sheffield
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

Not published yet

Plan scope

Plan covers council operations only

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

1,880,040 tonnes

People in the local area

589,214

CO2 per person per year

3.2 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

3,086,756 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 Sheffield:

Flood Innovation Centre

Helping businesses develop innovative services, processes and products in flood resilience.

Barnsley
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Flooding & drought
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Stamper Discs

Reducing carbon with Peter Frings from Stamper Discs on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Sheffield
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy

Food Works Sheffield

Build fair and sustainable food for Sheffield

Sheffield
  • Food security & supply
  • Greater fairness
  • Waste
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Circular Economy

Can Do South Yorkshire

Empowering and enabling people to take climate action.

Barnsley
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Biodiversity & Nature

South Yorkshire Energy Centre

Encouraging the local community to adopt energy efficiency and renewables in the home.

Sheffield
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Energy
  • Transport

Heeley City Farm

Working with local communities to promote regeneration, environmental education and sustainability.

Sheffield
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Food security & supply
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

District Eating

Utilising waste heat and CO2 for horticultural projects that create jobs and produce food.

Barnsley
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

REACH Homes

Building low impact homes from recycled materials.

Sheffield
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy