Climate change: How does your council’s Climate Action Plan score?

For the last few months, mySociety have been helping Climate Emergency UK as they embarked on their massive project to assess every Climate Action Plan from every UK council across the 73 areas that any effective plan needs to succeed.

Their Council Climate Plan Scorecards site has now launched.

Climate Emergency UK assessed plans according to 28 questions across nine sections, based on the expert-approved checklist for Council Action Plans. Each council was marked against these criteria and given a right to reply before the scores underwent a final audit. This work was completed between June and December 2021.

Learn more about the methodology

On overall scores Southwark finished ninth (79 per cent) of the Crystal Palace area’s five boroughs. Lewisham were 12th (77 per cent); Croydon 49th (60 pc); Bromley 65th (54 pc) and Lambeth 107th (37 pc). Lambeth finished ahead of eight other London boroughs including the City of London.

Climate Emergency UK say their assessment marked Climate Action Plans that were publicly available on council websites on or before 20 September 2021.

“As such, it is a snapshot of that moment in time: we acknowledge that some councils have published or updated plans since this date. “The plans included in this assessment are listed on the individual council pages. “Please visit the Climate Action Plan Explorer to see if there is a later version of a council’s plan.”

SCORECARD SECTION PERFORMANCE

Climate Action Plans have been scored across nine categories, each covering the crucial information that an effective plan should contain. The marks within these sections add up to make up the council’s overall score. Here you can see where a council performs well and not so well in each section — and compare it to other councils at this granular level.

BROMLEY

Sections London Borough of Bromley Average Single tier council score
14/21 10.3/21
7/18 9.0/18
5/7 4.1/7
5/9 5.1/9
4/5 2.9/5
3/4 2.2/4
1/5 0.9/5
1/5 2.3/5
3/4 2.1

CROYDON

Sections London Borough of Croydon Average Single tier council score
11/21 10.3/21
8/18 9.0/18
5/7 4.1/7
5/9 5.1/9
3/5 2.9/5
4/4 2.2/4
3/5 0.9/5
3/5 2.3/5
3/4 2.1/4

LAMBETH

Sections London Borough of Lambeth Average Single tier council score
7/21 10.3/21
3/18 9.0/18
4/7 4.1/7
4/9 5.1/9
4/5 2.9/5
2/4 2.2/4
0/5 0.9/5
0/5 2.3/5
3/4 2.1/4
LEWISHAM
Sections London Borough of Lewisham Average Single tier council score
15/21 10.3/21
11/18 9.0/18
7/7 4.1/7
7/9 5.1/9
3/5 2.9/5
4/4 2.2/4
4/5 0.9/5
4/5 2.3/5
3/4 2.1/4

SOUTHWARK

Sections London Borough of Southwark Average Single tier council score
16/21 10.3/21
17/18 9.0/18
4/7 4.1/7
8/9 5.1/9
5/5 2.9/5
3/4 2.2/4
3/5 0.9/5
4/5 2.3/5
3/4 2.1/4

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