Climate change is a global challenge, but reaching the UK's carbon emissions goals requires local action.
Local councils, either through their services, or through their influence on residents and local businesses, have influence over one-third of UK emissions.
We are working to improve the quality of information that is available about local climate action, and about the levels of public support for climate action.
By promoting information sharing and constructive scrutiny, we aim to drive more effective and coordinated action to reduce emissions.
For West of England Combined Authority we have collected the following information: powers & responsibilities, your representatives, declarations & pledges, climate documents, council climate scorecard, emissions data, local polling and related councils.
West of England Combined Authority is a Combined Authority.
This kind of council has powers and responsibilities for:
Climate actions might include:
Climate actions might include:
Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.
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West of England Combined Authority declared a climate emergency on July 1, 2019.
“‘In 2030, the West of England is net zero carbon’.”
A council declaring a climate emergency is an official recognition of the urgent need to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change at a local level. See a list of councils which have declared a climate emergency.
A whole area pledge is a commitment to reduce emissions across the geographic area, including emissions by homes and businesses. See a list of councils which have made a whole area pledge.
A council only pledge is a commitment to reduce emissions that the council is directly responsible for through its buildings, operations, and services. See a list of councils which have made a council-only pledge.
The following climate documents have been published by West of England Combined Authority.
You can read, search, and see topics we've identified that are present in each document.
You can also search across all plans stored in our database.
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.
A new scorecard based on council actions will be released in Autumn 2023. Read more about this.
|Section||West of England Combined Authority||Average combined authority council|
|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|
Total 2020 emissions
The chart below shows change over time in different kinds of emissions. This chart only shows emissions the local authority has influence over, but other national changes also affect emissions.
The reduction over the last decade mostly reflects decarbonisation of the national electricity grid. This is why the change over time is less interesting than the mix of different emissions types. This reflects different paths required for different council areas to reach carbon zero.
We have used these emissions to put councils into clusters with similar emissions. West of England Combined Authority is in the urban mainstream cluster. See councils with similar emissions profiles, or see all councils in this cluster.
Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities. Data has been combined from constituent local authorities.
Support for Net Zero
Support for Net Zero (when described as expensive).
Support for local renewable energy projects
Support for renewable energy in general
Much of our data is crowdsourced by an army of volunteers filling in Google spreadsheets. This is then combined with some standard data to enable it to be matched up across sources.
Links to council climate action plans were crowdsourced in this spreadsheet. If you find a plan document that we’ve missed, read our guide on what we consider a climate action plan and how to add one to our spreadsheet.
Council climate emergency declarations and net zero commitments were largely collated by Climate Emergency UK staff.
Local authority CO2 emissions estimates are collated by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
We make use of data from our Council Climate Plan Scorecards project, which was collected with the support of Mapolitical, who donated their UK Government Political Stakeholder data and Look-up API to help us communicate with local authority officers. Read more on the Council Climate Plan Scorecards site.
This includes all the documents we’ve found including Climate Action Plans, Climate strategies, pre plans etc. As well as the PDFs, or HTML pages, of the plans, this includes a CSV file (plans.csv) with details and sources for all the included files, along with information like GSS codes to enable linking to other data. The CSV file is available separately, see below for details.
We are working to expose an increasing quantity of our data through our JSON API. The API pages themselves include a full description of the data available.
All our public climate and local authority data is avaliable through our data portal.
The following files are avaliable as CSV and Excel files.
If you'd like help working with our data to include it in your service, please get in touch and we will help you do that.
All the above CSV files include the council GSS code, and a three letter council code you can use with the API, to enable matching data across files, and with other sources. The links contain full descriptions of all columns.
The CSV of emissions reduction projects is limited to Scottish local authorities (see reasoning below)
Full explanations of the data can be found in the guidance on the Sustainable Scotland Network site.
The API data and CSV files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The ZIP file is unlicensed as it contains work issued by local authorities under many licenses.
We have built on open datasets to provide comparisons between councils that are similar in a number of dimensions. You can read a detailed breakdown of how we calculated these dimensions on our blog, but here’s a high-level summary:
We are able to display emissions reduction projects reported by Scottish local authorities, thanks to the ‘Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies; Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015’ which requires them to submit reports on their climate actions to the Sustainable Scotland Network website each year.
We automatically collect these reports, extract information about the local authorities’ emissions reduction projects, and display them in a more accessible, interactive format, here.
Sadly local authorities in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have no corresponding reporting requirement, so data is unavailable for them.
If you find this data useful we’d love to hear from you about how it was used. It’s helpful for guiding future work, providing examples to others and for talking to existing and current funders.
If you've found this site useful and want to cite it, you can use a version of the following format:
mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2023). CAPE: West of England Combined Authority. Available at: http://cape.mysociety.org/councils/west-of-england-combined-authority/ [Accessed 24 Sep 2023].
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