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 date2030
Plan covers council operations only
Climate emergency declaredFebruary 2019
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
People in the local area589,214
CO2 per person per year3.2 tonnes
Additional local carbon emissions3,086,756 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.
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: