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Review of year three of the climate emergency action plan. Report for South Gloucestershire Council

Longhurst, Jim


The University of the West of England supports South Gloucestershire Council in their Climate Emergency work through a University Advisory Group. This group meets monthly with representatives of South Gloucestershire Council’s Climate Emergency Team to review, support and critique the Climate Emergency activities.
Specifically, the University Advisory Group has
• Supported South Gloucestershire Council in the design and implementation of the Year 3 Climate Emergency Action Plan covering 2022/23.
• Provided advice and support for the Local Strategic Partnership’s climate emergency activity in 2022.
• Provided a technical review of the outcomes of the Year 2 Action Plan.
• Advised on the key issues to include in the Year 4 Action Plan.
• Provided a critical review of the actions needed for the Council and the South Gloucestershire area to meet the Climate Emergency ambitions, Plan 2030.

This review has considered the Year 3 actions using the detailed Year 3 spreadsheet tracker produced by the Council (South Gloucestershire Council, 2022). This review also provides recommendations for actions and priorities for the Year 4 Action Plan covering 2023/24.
This review is undertaken at a time the UK is facing political and economic uncertainty, a cost of living crisis and energy supply and affordability challenges. South Gloucestershire is not immune to these challenges and the Council itself faces considerable budget shortfalls across the short and medium term.
The review comprises of a short overview of the global and national contexts before considering the changing profile of carbon dioxide emissions across South Gloucestershire. The next section provides a review and commentary on the Year 3 Action Plan outcomes. This is followed by a review of the actions taken in response to the recommendations identified in the review of Years 1 and 2 and those contained in Plan 2030. An updated strategic context covering political, environmental, social, technical, legal and economic issues (PESTLE) is included which is followed by the conclusions and recommended actions.


Longhurst, J. (2022). Review of year three of the climate emergency action plan. Report for South Gloucestershire Council. [PDF]

Digital Artefact Type Website Content
Acceptance Date Nov 4, 2022
Publication Date Nov 4, 2022
Deposit Date Feb 28, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2023
Keywords Climate Emergency; Climate Change; South Gloucestershire
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