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North Kesteven District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 11, 2019.

Climate pledge for 2030

“Declares a ‘Climate Emergency’, and works with residents, businesses and other partners to tackle climate change, lobbying for support to address this emergency by 2030.”

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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North Kesteven District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in two sections including Mitigation and adaptation.

SectionNorth Kesteven District CouncilAverage district council
Total score69%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
Section 2 · Top performer 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

490.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.2 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 North Kesteven District 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
West Oxfordshire District Council82%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council81%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council81%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Winchester City Council81%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Horsham District Council80%Yes2050June 26, 2019
South Staffordshire Council79%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Harborough District Council78%No2030June 24, 2019
South Norfolk District Council77%NoNo targetNo
Wiltshire Council77%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council76%Yes2030June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Kesteven District 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
Stafford Borough Council89%No2040July 23, 2019
Wiltshire Council88%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
East Lothian Council87%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Denbighshire County Council86%No2030July 2, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council84%Yes2030June 26, 2019
South Somerset District Council83%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Somerset County Council83%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council83%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Stroud District Council83%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Lincolnshire County Council82%Yes2050No
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Lincolnshire County Council99%Yes2050No
City of Lincoln Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
South Kesteven District Council96%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
West Lindsey District Council95%Yes2050No
Boston Borough Council93%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Newark and Sherwood District Council93%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Rutland County Council92%No2050No
East Lindsey District Council92%Yes2040No
Melton Borough Council92%No2030July 17, 2019
South Holland District Council92%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to North Kesteven District 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
Stratford-on-Avon District Council100%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council100%No2030No
Richmondshire District Council99%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Hambleton District Council98%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
North Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Tandridge District Council97%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Warwick District Council97%No2030June 26, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council97%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council97%No2040No

These councils are the most similar to North Kesteven District 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
Huntingdonshire District Council94%No2040No
Harborough District Council94%No2030June 24, 2019
Selby District Council93%Yes2030No
Ribble Valley Borough Council93%No2030No
Newark and Sherwood District Council92%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Horsham District Council92%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Maldon District Council92%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Copeland Borough Council91%Yes2050No
Rushcliffe Borough Council89%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council89%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

North Kesteven District 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
    North Kesteven District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check North Kesteven District 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 North Kesteven District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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