West Oxfordshire
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

October 2020

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

May 2019

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans from data.climateemergency.uk

If you have more recent Climate Action Plan information for this area, please contact mySociety at [email protected]

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

491,177 tonnes

People in the local area

111,758

CO2 per person per year

4.4 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

584,755 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 Oxfordshire:

Make It Good 

Helping businesses to tell their stories and embrace sustainability.

Cherwell
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Circular Economy

Park and Charge Oxfordshire  

Heping people in Oxfordshire to make the transition to cleaner greener transport.

Cherwell
  • Air pollution
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport

Net Zero Carbon Toolkit

Helping new and existing buildings reach net zero.

West Oxfordshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Southill Solar

Reducing carbon emissions and supporting the local community.

West Oxfordshire
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Energy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Shaping the UK’s First Eco-Town

Supporting the development of the UK’s first eco-town.

West Oxfordshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy

Severn Trent Green Power – Food Waste Recycling Partnership

Providing a recycling service for Oxfordshire’s organic waste which generates green energy for homes

Oxford
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Project LEO

Accelerating the UK’s transition to a zero-carbon energy system.

South Oxfordshire
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Transport

Good Food Oxfordshire

Promoting a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system in Oxfordshire.

Cherwell
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Eco Perch Business Centre

Reducing carbon at the Eco Perch Business Centre on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Cherwell
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

ESCO-In-A-Box

Bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to hard-to-reach businesses via a local one-stop shop.

Cherwell
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Finance
  • Built Environment
  • Energy