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Great Yarmouth Borough Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Climate documents

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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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Great Yarmouth Borough Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionGreat Yarmouth Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%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

307.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.1 tCO2

per person

1.7 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 Great Yarmouth Borough 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
Tendring District Council85%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council79%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Dover District Council78%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Kent County Council75%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Swale Borough Council75%Yes2025June 26, 2019
East Suffolk Council74%No2030July 24, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council73%No2030June 26, 2019
Bolsover District Council73%YesNo targetNo
Colchester Borough Council72%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Ashford Borough Council72%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Great Yarmouth Borough 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
City of York Council94%Yes2030March 11, 2019
Arun District Council93%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Hertfordshire County Council93%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Kent County Council93%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council92%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council92%No2030July 19, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2038July 10, 2019
East Sussex County Council91%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Broadland District Council96%No2050No
Norwich City Council96%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
South Norfolk District Council95%NoNo targetNo
East Suffolk Council95%No2030July 24, 2019
North Norfolk District Council94%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council92%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Norfolk County Council91%No2030No
Ipswich Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Breckland District Council90%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Babergh District Council89%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Great Yarmouth Borough 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
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Thanet District Council91%Yes2030July 11, 2019
East Lindsey District Council90%Yes2040No
West Dunbartonshire Council90%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council90%NoNo targetSept. 28, 2022
North East Combined Authority89%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Peterborough City Council87%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Pendle Borough Council85%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council85%No2040Sept. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Great Yarmouth Borough 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
Redcar and Cleveland Council95%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council93%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council93%No2030July 19, 2019
South Staffordshire Council91%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Tandridge District Council90%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority90%Yes2050No
North Northamptonshire Council90%Yes2030July 28, 2021
Tendring District Council90%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council89%No2037July 16, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council89%Yes2050No

Powers & Responsibilities

Great Yarmouth Borough 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
    Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Great Yarmouth Borough 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 Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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