South Somerset
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


Plan published

September 2021

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

June 2019

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans fromĀ

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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

749,905 tonnes

People in the local area


CO2 per person per year

4.4 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

895,436 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: 1044 See all Initiatives

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

Somerset Climate Action Network

Enabling the changes needed to bring down emissions whilst adapting to climate change in Somerset.

Bath and North East Somerset
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Flooding & drought
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Discounted Solar Panels Scheme Around Bridport

Allowing more people the opportunity to have solar panels installed on their homes, at a lower cost.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy

Marlborough Community Fridge

Reducing food waste

  • Excessive consumption
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Black & Green Ambassadors

Ensuring the environmental movement is inclusive and representative.

  • Greater fairness
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Stroud Renewable Energy

Installing new solar installations and onshore wind power.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy

Stroud Settlement Hierarchy For Sustainable Transport

Reducing car journeys with help from a settlement hierarchy planning tool.

  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Transport
  • Built Environment

CIL Green Plan Funding

Using the Community Infrastructure Levy to fund green plans.

South Gloucestershire
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Finance
  • Transport

Cheltenham Borough Council Meter Platform

Measuring and reducing the energy footprint of council-owned buildings.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy
  • Built Environment