After putting together a database of all the Climate Action Plans in the UK we realised it isn’t possible to know what a good or bad Plan is. Therefore Climate Emergency UK is scoring Local Authority Climate Action Plans in order to create a Council Climate League. In future years we will be marking Council’s actual climate action, but not this year. Currently, a group of trained volunteers are marking Climate Action Plans that are publicly available throughout August and September.

The deadline for publishing a Climate Action Plan and it being scored this year will be 20th September 2021. ​​

Timeline for the Council Climate League

​​Climate Emergency UK is scoring Local Authority Climate Action Plans in order to create a Council Climate League. We are doing this because we have put together a database of all the Climate Action Plans in the UK but it isn’t currently possible to know how good a Plan is from looking at it. 

We think this project will be useful because:

  1. It will provide a benchmark for what is a good or bad Plan that councillors and campaigners can use to improve their Plans.
  2. Climate action groups and residents need to know how well their council is doing. This ranking will provide them with tangible work they can do and allow them to hold their council to account.
  3. It will show-case how much councils are doing despite the lack of support from the National Government and act as a tool to call for the Government provide more support to councils for taking action on the Climate Emergency.

The long term aim of this project is to mark councils on their actual climate action and we hope to do this in future years. This year we are only marking what is written in the Climate Action Plans as preparatory work. I hope this reassures you that if you do not have a Climate Action Plan yet, or you are focusing on taking actions rather than writing plans, then next year we will shift our attention away from the Plans and onto the actions. 

The scoring system has been put together based on our Checklist for creating a strong Climate Action Plan, which can be found here: https://www.climateemergency.uk/blog/climate-action-plan-checklist/

We have consulted with a large range of councillors, council officers and climate action groups in the development of this project and adapted the scoring system several times based on the feedback we have received. 

A group of trained volunteers are marking the Climate Action Plans that are publicly available in August and September. The deadline for publishing a Climate Action Plan and it being scored this year is 20th September 2021.

Following the first marking of the Climate Emergency Action Plans, councils will be given a right of reply. We will be contacting relevant council officers, or councillors should we be unable to contact a relevant officer, in every council in the UK with a list of the scoring questions and the answers they have received from the initial marking. This is an opportunity for councils to check for mistakes, such as information that has been missed or misunderstood. We are only marking publicly available information so this is not a chance for councils to produce lots of evidence that is not publicly available. As such this should not take more than half a day to complete. The right of reply will be taking place throughout September and October so keep an eye out for our emails. We will be publishing a score for every council, regardless of whether they reply to the right of reply.

Following the right of reply process, the Plans will be double marked, taking into account the first mark and the council’s contributions. This will take place throughout November and December. The scores for the Plans will be published in the League Table in January 2022.

We will be marking the Plans that we have in our database. Whilst we make every effort to keep this up to date, it can be difficult to ensure that every Plan we have on there is the most recent version. As such, please do take a look at our database (https://data.climateemergency.uk/) and contact us at climate-councils@mysociety.org before the 20th September if you have a more recent version of your Plan that needs to be uploaded.

Just to reiterate, every council in the UK will appear on the League Table, even if the council does not have a Plan, or if they do not reply to the right of reply. 

Please feel free pass this information on to your l councillors and council climate officers to make them aware of the project.