West Lancashire
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 2020

Plan scope

Plan covers council operations only

Climate emergency declared

July 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

522,937 tonnes

People in the local area

114,496

CO2 per person per year

4.6 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

607,947 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 West Lancashire:

Aughton Town Green Primary School

Rejuvenating our garden to create a sustainable environment for today's and future pupils.

West Lancashire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Lancashire County Council

Reducing carbon with Shaun Turner on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Blackpool
  • Carbon emissions
  • Flooding & drought
  • Circular Economy

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

GM Business Green Scene

Helping businesspersons (in GM) collaborate with others motivated by the green transition.

Bolton
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

The Bee Network

Creating a comprehensive, fully joined up city cycling and walking network.

Manchester
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Transport

Farm Urban

Growing tasty, sustainable greens from an urban, vertical farm.

Liverpool
  • Food security & supply
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Circular Economy

GMCA Smart Energy Plan

Boosting jobs, improving housing and lowering emissions through an integrated Smart Energy Plan.

Bolton
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Wirral Tree Strategy

Safeguarding existing trees and planting hundreds of thousands more.

Wirral
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature