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City of Lincoln Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 23, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“City of Lincoln Council passed a motion by full council to declare a Climate and Environmental emergency in July 2019. A copy of the declaration can be viewed here The motion commits to working with key stakeholders to achieve an aspiration, area wide target of net carbon zero by 2030.”

Climate documents

Last update: Dec. 5, 2022
Lincoln 2030 Climate Action Plan

Action Plan · HTML · Approved · Whole Area

Update On Lincoln Climate Commission, April 2020

Meeting Minutes · PDF

Lincoln Roadmap To Net Zero Carbon

Pre-Plan · HTML · We no longer hold a copy of this document

Environmental Performance Report 2021/22

Progress Report · PDF · We no longer hold a copy of this document

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

SectionCity of Lincoln CouncilAverage district council
Total score19%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 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

284.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

2.8 tCO2

per person

8.0 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 City of Lincoln 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
Norwich City Council83%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Coventry City Council81%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council79%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council79%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Salford City Council79%No2038July 17, 2019
Worcester City Council78%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Bristol City Council78%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Ashfield District Council77%NoNo targetNo
Derby City Council77%Yes2050May 23, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council77%Yes2030July 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to City of Lincoln 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
Glasgow City Council95%Yes2030May 16, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham88%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Norwich City Council88%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
London Borough of Brent85%No2030July 8, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council85%Yes2030July 10, 2019
London Borough of Wandsworth85%Yes2050July 17, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth85%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council85%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Exeter City Council84%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Manchester City Council84%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North Kesteven District Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
West Lindsey District Council97%Yes2050No
Lincolnshire County Council96%Yes2050No
Newark and Sherwood District Council94%Yes2035July 16, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council94%Yes2030No
South Kesteven District Council94%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council93%NoNo targetNo
Nottinghamshire County Council92%No2030May 27, 2021
North East Lincolnshire Council92%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Melton Borough Council91%No2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to City of Lincoln 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
Plymouth City Council93%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council90%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council88%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council87%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
London Borough of Enfield87%No2030July 8, 2019
Coventry City Council87%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Bristol City Council86%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council85%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Basildon Borough Council85%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to City of Lincoln 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
Stoke-on-Trent City Council100%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
Harlow Council100%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Exeter City Council100%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Salford City Council100%No2038July 17, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Middlesbrough Borough Council99%No2029Sept. 4, 2019
Worcester City Council98%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Cambridge City Council98%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Crawley Borough Council98%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council98%No2050Oct. 19, 2019


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

Powers & Responsibilities

City of Lincoln 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
    City of Lincoln Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check City of Lincoln 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 City of Lincoln Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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