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Carlisle City Council

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Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on March 5, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Carlisle City Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions, both as an organisation and as the Local Planning Authority and resolves to go further than the UK100 Agreement and to act in line with the scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions to net zero by 2030, and therefore commits to: Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action. Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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Carlisle City Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionCarlisle City CouncilAverage district council
Total score54%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
Section 3 Commitment and integration
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
Section 6 Co-benefits
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
Section 8 Education, skills and training
Section 9 Ecological emergency

Emissions data

524.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.8 tCO2

per person

0.5 ktCO2

per km2












Public Sector

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Ayrshire Council81%No2045No
Scarborough Borough Council81%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Midlothian Council80%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Wyre Council77%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority76%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Cumbria County Council76%Yes2050No
Angus Council76%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council75%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council75%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Cheshire West and Chester Council74%Yes2030May 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Scarborough Borough Council82%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council75%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Cumbria County Council75%Yes2050No
North Norfolk District Council75%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Rother District Council75%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
South Ayrshire Council74%No2045No
East Lindsey District Council73%Yes2040No
Argyll and Bute Council71%Yes2045No
Richmondshire District Council71%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council71%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Eden District Council92%No2030July 11, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council91%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Cumbria County Council91%Yes2050No
Scottish Borders Council88%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
South Lakeland District Council87%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Northumberland Council86%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Copeland Borough Council85%Yes2050No
Midlothian Council83%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Lancaster City Council83%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Durham County Council83%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cumbria County Council98%Yes2050No
South Ayrshire Council98%No2045No
Ashford Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Newark and Sherwood District Council96%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council95%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council95%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council95%Yes2050No
East Suffolk Council95%No2030July 24, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council94%NoNo targetNo
Northumberland Council93%Yes2030June 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Stroud District Council97%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Mole Valley District Council97%No2030June 18, 2019
Midlothian Council96%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
South Ayrshire Council95%No2045No
Worcestershire County Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Swale Borough Council94%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council94%Yes2030No
Rugby Borough Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council93%Yes2030July 10, 2019


This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

Carlisle City Council is a Non-Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.


    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Waste collection

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council
    Carlisle City Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Carlisle City Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Carlisle City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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