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Wyre Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030. Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire Wyre area zero carbon within the same timescale.”

Climate documents

Last update: Sept. 27, 2021

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

SectionWyre CouncilAverage district council
Total score46%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

470.2 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.2 tCO2

per person

1.4 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 Wyre 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
Derbyshire County Council83%Yes2032No
Nottinghamshire County Council83%No2030May 27, 2021
Amber Valley Borough Council83%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council82%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Staffordshire County Council81%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council81%No2030April 3, 2019
Flintshire County Council80%YesNo targetNo
Fife Council80%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council80%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council79%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Wyre 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
Amber Valley Borough Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council78%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Nottinghamshire County Council78%No2030May 27, 2021
Hyndburn Borough Council78%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Gedling Borough Council78%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Kirklees Council77%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Derbyshire County Council77%Yes2032No
Fife Council76%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council76%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council76%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Fylde Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Preston City Council96%No2030April 18, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council96%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Lancaster City Council96%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council95%Yes2030July 24, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Chorley Council94%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council92%No2030No
South Lakeland District Council92%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wyre 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
Nottinghamshire County Council97%No2030May 27, 2021
Fife Council97%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Worcestershire County Council96%Yes2030July 15, 2021
North Northamptonshire Council96%Yes2030July 28, 2021
West of England Combined Authority95%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority95%Yes2050No
West Lancashire Borough Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Bedford Borough Council94%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Erewash Borough Council94%No2050No
East Staffordshire Borough Council94%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Wyre 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
Leicestershire County Council99%No2030May 15, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council98%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Lichfield District Council98%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
North Ayrshire Council97%No2030June 25, 2019
Chorley Council97%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council97%No2030May 9, 2019
Epping Forest District Council96%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
New Forest District Council96%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Buckinghamshire Council96%No2050No
Maidstone Borough Council96%Yes2030April 10, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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