Over half of UK councils target net-zero by 2030
Over half of councils in the UK are aiming for carbon zero twenty years ahead of schedule, according to data compiled by climate change charity Carbon Copy.
It is almost exactly two years since Bristol City Council became the first council in the UK to declare a climate emergency, on 13 November 2018. Today, almost three-quarters of all local councils across the country have formally declared a climate emergency and over half of them have set a goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions locally by 2030 or sooner.
Carbon Copy is introducing the UK Carbon Zero Explorer, an interactive map that lets users explore different local areas across the country, offering details about targets, Climate Action Plans and current carbon emissions for each local authority area. As well as providing this key data, the tool signposts users to success stories from councils, community groups and companies that are implementing high-impact, low-carbon initiatives locally.
Ric Casale, Co-Founder and Trustee of Carbon Copy said: “We designed the UK Carbon Zero Explorer to help people across the UK to discover how their local community is responding to the climate crisis. What we have learned is that actually, there is a great deal to be positive about. More than half of UK principal councils have acknowledged that the nationally set 2050 deadline for reaching net-zero carbon emissions is simply not ambitious enough and that we need to treat this crisis as an emergency.
“Local climate action is not only measured by reduced emissions but also in terms of community and care. We hope that by sharing and celebrating the huge impact that local leadership is already having across the country, we can inspire more communities towards repair and renewal.”
Cara Jenkinson, Cities Manager at Ashden said: “Carbon Copy’s UK Carbon Zero Explorer provides a fantastic way of finding out about your local council‘s climate ambitions and plans as well as showcasing inspirational local projects. The pandemic has brought many people closer to their communities and neighbourhoods; this tool will encourage citizens to take local action on the climate and ecological emergency.”
The UK Carbon Zero Explorer is a dynamic tool, and Carbon Copy invites local authority representatives to share updates and edits to the information displayed about their local area.