How is your council responding to the climate emergency?

Ellie Chowns MEP met with a range of councils over the summer to push for more action on the climate emergency. As 20 out of the 33 councils in the West Midlands have now declared a climate emergency, it’s time to compare council progress. Ellie’s team has developed a simplified league table based on each council’s response to the climate emergency.

Some councils have responded strongly to public pressure and Ellie is keen to celebrate the councils who are making progress and encourage those lagging behind to catch up. However this is only a snap shot of their commitments, which are largely only verbal so far. There is no room for complacency – a high score does not mean a council has nearly achieved zero carbon. We will refine this assessment every six months, keeping a close eye on how verbal commitments are translating into action.

The assessment is based on eight questions and each council has been given a score out of 11 – see the FAQ below for the methodology. The questions assess the quality of its climate emergency declaration and associated actions, plus a projection of when the council’s area could achieve zero emissions if the reductions achieved 2005-2017 continued.

Ellie Chowns

Some councils are clearly leading the way, and the response of others has been words only. It’s time for us all to demand deeds not words from our councils.

Ellie Chowns MEP

Counties, Metropolitan and Unitary councils

Council Score (out of 11) Position
Birmingham 8 Joint 1st
Herefordshire 8 Joint 1st
Telford and Wrekin 7 Joint 3rd
Wolverhampton 7 Joint 3rd
Coventry 5 5th
Dudley 4 Joint 6th
Shropshire 4 Joint 6th
Warwickshire 3 Joint 8th
Worcestershire 3 Joint 8th
Staffordshire 2 Joint 10th
Stoke-on-Trent 2 Joint 10th
Sandwell 2 Joint 10th
Walsall 2 Joint 10th
Solihull 1 14th

District Councils

Council Score (out of 11) Position
Worcester 7 1st
Malvern Hills 6 2nd
Cannock Chase 5 Joint 3rd
Redditch 5 Joint 3rd
Warwick 5 Joint 3rd
Wyre Forest 5 Joint 3rd
Newcastle-under-Lyme 4 Joint 7th
Staffordshire Moorlands 4 Joint 7th
Bromsgrove 3 Joint 9th
Tamworth 3 Joint 9th
Lichfield 2 Joint 11th
Rugby 2 Joint 11th
Stafford 2 Joint 11th
Stratford-on-Avon 2 Joint 11th
South Staffordshire 2 Joint 11th
Wychavon 2 Joint 11th
East Staffordshire 1 Joint 16th
North Warwickshire 1 Joint 16th
Nuneaton and Bedworth 1 Joint 16th