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West Lindsey District Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Whole area pledge for 2050

“We have produced a summary document and a draft strategy which set out actions the council could take to achieve its goal of reaching a net-zero carbon position across its operations by 2050 and for the district of West Lindsey to achieve the same.”

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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SectionWest Lindsey District 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 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

440.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.6 tCO2

per person

0.4 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 West Lindsey 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
Babergh District Council82%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council80%Yes2050No
South Norfolk District Council80%NoNo targetNo
East Lindsey District Council79%Yes2040No
Mid Suffolk District Council79%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Wychavon District Council78%Yes2050No
North Yorkshire County Council77%Yes2030No
Shropshire Council - Unitary77%No2030May 16, 2019
Breckland District Council77%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council76%No2050Feb. 24, 2021

These councils are the most similar to West Lindsey 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
Malvern Hills District Council85%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Angus Council85%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
Mendip District Council83%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Dorset Council82%No2040May 16, 2019
South Somerset District Council82%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Babergh District Council82%Yes2030July 23, 2019
South Norfolk District Council81%NoNo targetNo
Herefordshire Council81%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Gwynedd County Council81%No2030March 7, 2019
Wealden District Council80%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
City of Lincoln Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council96%Yes2030No
North Kesteven District Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council94%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council94%No2030March 21, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council93%Yes2050No
Bassetlaw District Council92%NoNo targetNo
East Riding of Yorkshire Council92%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Newark and Sherwood District Council92%Yes2035July 16, 2019
East Lindsey District Council92%Yes2040No

These councils are the most similar to West Lindsey 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
South Lanarkshire Council99%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council97%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Kent County Council95%Yes2030May 23, 2019
East Sussex County Council95%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council95%No2030July 22, 2022
Nottinghamshire County Council94%No2030May 27, 2021
Sedgemoor District Council94%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Fife Council94%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council94%Yes2030No
North Northamptonshire Council93%Yes2030July 28, 2021

These councils are the most similar to West Lindsey 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
Pembrokeshire County Council97%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Mid Devon District Council96%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Richmondshire District Council96%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Babergh District Council95%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council94%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Cotswold District Council93%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
South Hams District Council93%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Hambleton District Council92%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Rutland County Council91%No2050No
Isle of Anglesey County Council91%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020


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

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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