Nottingham Declaration and Climate Local

Updated 7th Jan 2015

What is the Nottingham Declaration?
Wording of the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change (in 2000)
10th anniversary of the Declaration
2011 – Development of Nottingham Declaration 2010+
2012 Climate Local – successor to the Nottingham Declaration
Wording of 2012 Climate Local commitment
Wording of current Climate Local commitment
Cheshire East Council
Congleton Town Council

What is the Nottingham Declaration?

In 2000, having recognised that climate change can have a real impact on the way services are planned for and delivered, Nottingham City Council developed some guiding principles that set out what should be done to make the city future proof – the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change – and began encouraging all other towns and cities to sign up. Virtually every council in the UK is now a signatory.  Cheshire East Council signed in 2008.  Congleton Town Council signed in 2009.

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Wording of the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change

We acknowledge that:

  • Evidence shows that climate change is occurring.
  • Climate change will continue to have far reaching effects on the UK’s people and places, economy, society and environment.

We welcome the:

  • Social, economic and environmental benefits which come from combating climate change.
  • Emissions targets agreed by central government and the programme for delivering change, as set out in the UK Climate Change Programme.
  • Opportunity for local government to lead the response at a local level, encouraging and helping local residents, local businesses and other organisations- to reduce their energy costs, to reduce congestion, to adapt to the impacts of climate change, to improve the local environment and to deal with fuel poverty in our communities.
  • Endorsement of this declaration by central government.

We commit our Council from this date to:

  •  Work with central government to contribute, at a local level, to the delivery of the UK Climate Change Programme, the Kyoto Protocol and the target for carbon dioxide reduction by 2010.
  • Participate in local and regional networks for support.
  • Within the next two years develop plans with our partners and local communities to progressively address the causes and the impacts of climate change, according to our local priorities, securing maximum benefit for our communities.
  • Publicly declare, within appropriate plans and strategies, the commitment to achieve a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from our own authority’s operations, especially energy sourcing and use, travel and transport, waste production and disposal and the purchasing of goods and services.
  • Assess the risk associated with climate change and the implications for our services and our communities of climate change impacts and adapt accordingly.
  • Encourage all sectors in our local community to take the opportunity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to make public their commitment to action.
  • Monitor the progress of our plans against the actions needed and publish the result.

    xxx      Council acknowledges the increasing impact that climate change will have on our community during the 21st century and commits to tackling the causes and effects of a changing climate on our city/county/borough/district

(Source:  Nottingham City Council )

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10th anniversary

In November 2010, some public statements of East Midlands signatories were published by Climate East Midlands , which has been working with the Nottingham Declaration Partnership to pilot a  public reporting process.  You can view these public statements  on the Climate East Midlands ‘Nottingham Declaration Public Reporting‘ webpage.  Here you can read about a variety of simple but effective actions taken within the council’s daily operations and in the wider community.

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2011 – Development of Nottingham Declaration 2010+

In 2011, an event was held in Nottingham to celebrate the 10 years of local government involvement.  Additionally, Nottingham has still been pushing the agenda by working with the government to develop a new ‘Nottingham Declaration 2010+’.

For an example of how local authorities are approaching this, Birmingham’s Climate Action Plan 2010+ makes interesting reading.

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2012 Climate Local – successor to the Nottingham Declaration

The Local Government Association (LGA) launched Climate Local in June 2012.   It is led by local government for local government – to drive, inspire and support council action on carbon reduction and climate resilience.

Climate Local offers a framework that can reflect local priorities and opportunities for action. It supports councils’ efforts both to reduce carbon emissions and to improve their resilience to the anticipated changes in the climate.

Getting involved in Climate Local will help councils across the country to capture the opportunities and benefits of action on a changing climate, through saving on their energy bills, generating income from renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment in ‘green’ industries, reducing flood risks and managing the impacts of extreme weather.

Since the launch, more than 50 councils have come forward to sign the Climate Local commitment. These councils are agreeing local commitments and actions to reduce carbon emissions and to build resilience to the changing climate.

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Wording of 2012 Climate Local commitment

Climate Local [insert council(s) name]:

Our commitment to taking action in a changing climate

We recognise that our council has an important role to help our residents and businesses to capture the opportunities and benefits of action on climate change. These include saving money on energy bills, generating income from renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment in ‘green’ industries, supporting new sources of energy, managing local flood-risk and water scarcity and protecting our natural environment.

We will progressively address the risks and pursue the opportunities presented by a changing climate, inline with local priorities, through our role as:

  • Community leader – helping local people and businesses to be smarter about their energy use and to prepare for climate impacts;
  • Service provider – delivering services that are resource efficient, less carbon intensive, resilient and that protect those who are most vulnerable to climate impacts;
  • Estate manager – ensuring that our own buildings and operations are resource efficient, use clean energy, and are well prepared for the impacts of a changing climate.

In signing this commitment, we will:

  • Set locally-owned and determined commitments and actions to reduce carbon emissions and to manage climate impacts. These will be specific, measurable and challenging;
  • Publish our commitments, actions and progress, enabling local communities to hold us to account;
  • Share the learning from our experiences and achievements with other councils; and
  • Regularly refresh our commitments and actions to ensure they are current and continue to reflect local priorities.

[Date]
[Name of council or group of councils]
[Signature of Leader or Mayor of Council]

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Wording of current Climate Local commitment

This has changed somewhat from the above, and as it is mostly in table form, is best viewed by looking at the Local Government Association’s website. You have to scroll down to see the whole document.

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Cheshire East Council

The council has a Carbon Reduction Programme Manager who works on changes within the authority itself – including schools.   There is a 5-year carbon reduction plan for 2011-16 and other measures, which can be accessed via Cheshire East’s Sustainability webpage.

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Congleton Town Council

As a signatory, in 2009, of the Nottingham Declaration, Congleton Town Council agreed to support the Congleton Sustainability Group to deliver the Sustainability Project from “Congleton in Transition”.

Groundwork was engaged to calculate the Council’s Carbon Footprint, to be used as a yard stick against which future reductions can be measured.   The Town Council continues on an annual basis to measure its Carbon Footprint and set carbon reduction targets.

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Steps towards a locally resilient and future-proof Congleton