UK CED from Oct 2019

Below are the UK local council, national, and dependency regions that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order from 1 October 2019 onwards. Click the “motion text” links to see details of the motions they passed.

For UK declarations before 1 July 2019, go to For declarations between July 1 and September 30 2019, go to

1 October 2019, Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland, UK, population 295,000

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text

Agenda Item is here.
[Minutes here when published]

1 October 2019, Woodley Town Council, England, UK, population 35,470

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 Carbon neutral target date.
motion text

Council article and adopted motion text is here.

This Council notes that:
The impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world.
Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018) may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector.

This Council therefore:
Commits to a declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ with the aim of becoming a carbon neutral organization by 2030.
Welcomes the declaration by Wokingham Borough Council of a ‘Climate Emergency’ and will actively participate in the creation of the Borough-wide climate change strategy to ensure Woodley Town Council is fully engaged in its creation for the benefit of its residents.
Will explore, with all parts of the community, the development of a local action plan in support of, and to compliment, the Borough Council’s climate change strategy plan for those parts relevant to Woodley Town.

1 October 2019, Tewkesbury Borough Council, England, UK, population 92,599

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for the council offices
motion text

Agenda item is here.

That the Council:
– Declare a “Climate Emergency”.
– Commit to doing all in its power to make Tewkesbury Borough Council offices carbon neutral by 2030.
– Expand the remit of the existing Flood Risk Management Group to deal with climate change matters with the following delegations to the Borough Solicitor in consultation with the Group:-
i)preparation of revised Terms of Reference to include an audit of the Council’s current position, an action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, funding and promotion of good practice throughout the borough including buildings that provide a public service, such as the Tewkesbury Leisure Centre; and
ii)membership of the Group, taking account of its wider role.
– Call upon central government to provide additional powers and resources to support local and national action towards the 2030 target.
– Commit to working with partners in Gloucestershire to achieve Countywide carbon neutrality aims.
– Report to Council by its meeting on 21 April 2020 at the latest with a detailed action plan for delivery.

3 October 2019, Stirling Council, Scotland, UK, population 94,000

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
motion text

Agenda Item 19B is here.
[Minutes here when published]

9 October 2019, Surrey Heath Borough Council, England, UK, population 86,144

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date for council operations
motion text

Draft minutes are here. Two motions were passed.

(i)support the actions being taken by Surrey County Council in tackling the environmental impact on our daily lives and support the Government’s aim of eradicating the UK’s contribution to climate change;
(ii)ask the Executive to establish a Working Group to deliver a strategy in 2019/20 which will be charged with outlining how the Council plans to deliver the target, including actions that will be taken, and liaising with Surrey County Council in urging government to confirm what support will be made available to local authorities;
(iii)declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, and develop actions to support businesses and all relevant bodies in their work to tackle climate change; and
(iv)develop a policy for the use of renewable materials and energy across the Council’s estate.


(i)declare a Climate Emergency;
(ii)acknowledge that ‘business as usual’ is not an option in the face of the climate and biodiversity emergency that happening globally, and that society in its current form is unsustainable;
(iii)make Surrey Heath Borough Council and its contractors carbon neutral by 2030, or earlier if possible, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
(iv)assess and adjust the Council’s current activities both in terms of their scope and how they are undertaken, this will involve the inclusion of environmental implications of recommendations in all officer reports alongside legal, financial and equality implications, including the impact of recommendations on CO2 emissions as well as any other relevant environmental factors;
(v)establish a cross-party working group, comprising 9 members, to review and make recommendations to the Council on actions to be undertaken to address climate change; and
(vi)finalise the draft Terms of Reference, as circulated with the agenda, at the first meeting of the Working Group.

15 October 2019, High Peak Borough Council, England, UK, population 92,063

Declared and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
motion text

Motion in agenda is here.

This Council pledges to:
1.Declare a Climate Emergency
2.Make High Peak Borough Council carbon neutral in its internal operations and the services it delivers by 2030, and work with partners to achieve this target across High Peak
3.Call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
4.Work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevantstrategies
5.Work to mitigate the biodiversity crisis in its actions across the Borough
6.To address this emergency, establish a cross-party working group to assist in investigation, prioritisation, drafting and delivery of a plan including targets for CO2 reduction, working withofficer support and drawing on wider expertise.
7.To include a cross section of local people in drawing up this plan.
8.To report back to Council by end of March 2020 with this plan
9.Ensure that all Council committees and scrutiny panels consider the impact on climate change and the natural environment when taking decisions and reviewing policies.
10.Review progress against the target and report back every six months.