A rating of UK councils climate action plans by Climate Emergency UK has shown that bottom of the list of London councils is, yes you guessed it, Tower Hamlets.
Top of London councils is Hammersmith & Fulham with a 81% score closely followed by Southwark with 79%, just over the river from our dear borough.
Climate Emergency UK is a not-for-profit organisation that is currently creating a database of all UK Local Authority climate & ecological emergency declarations and action plans.
This will allow organisations to find and explore what makes a good climate action plan.
Or in the case of Tower Hamlets what does not. You can see the Climate Emergency UK scores below.
|Hammersmith & Fulham||81%|
|Richmond upon Thames||78%|
|Kensington and Chelsea||61%|
|City of Westminster||57%|
|Kingston upon Thames||54%|
|City of London||35%|
|Barking and Dagenham||34%|
You can see a detailed view of Tower Hamlets using the Climate Action Plan Explorer.
This shows an analysis of the council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021. The ratings were scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.
Cllr Rachel Blake (Labour, Bow East) proposed the climate emergency action plan on July 17, 2019.
A key failing highlighted by the survey is that the ruling Labour Party’s climate emergency declaration is primarily concerned with the council itself – not the borough.
A target of Net Zero Carbon for the council only was set for 2025 but for the area the target is 2050.
One of the most damning rating is for Diversity and Inclusion where Tower Hamlets has a score of zero and for education, skills and training which is also zero.
You can see the full scorecard here.