10:10 Councils


"The 10:10 campaign cuts across the discussion about what Britain can do about climate change and comes up with positive solutions."
- Sian Reed, Cambridge Council

Joining 10:10 makes your council part of the solution to climate change. The aim is to reduce your operational emissions by 10% in one year – or as close as you can get. 10:10 councils are in good company - 150 local authorities are already on board, providing lower-carbon local services to around 24m people across the country.


How it works

Becoming a 10:10 organisation means making a commitment to pull out all the stops and try to reduce your carbon footprint by 10% in just one year. For most organisations 10% is ambitious but achievable. It’s the low hanging fruit: eliminating waste, increasing efficiency, that sort of thing.

However, we recognise that some progressive organisations that have made significant cuts already may find it virtually impossible to achieve a 10% cut in one year, which is why we will celebrate any cuts of 3% or greater. 3% per annum is the baseline ambition at the level of national government, so anything more than this represents genuine headway. 10:10 is all about giving it everything we’ve got. Until we do that, we won’t really know what’s possible anyway.


What exactly do we have to do?

Carbon footprints can be measured in different ways, but for 10:10 purposes, we’re talking about four key areas:

  • electricity
  • on-site fuel use (gas, for most of us)
  • road transport
  • air travel

These are the four areas we will be asking you to report your progress on at the end of your 10:10 year. You'll be given your own emissions reporting tool to enter your figures into when you sign up but you can see a demo version of the tool here

In addition, joining 10:10 means trying to find ways to reduce your other, harder to measure emissions not covered above, and doing what you can to encourage staff, members and clients etc to get involved.


Why should we sign up?

Signing up to 10:10 means your organisation is blazing the trail towards a low-carbon future.

Most civil society and public sector organisations have an institutionally inscribed responsibility to serve the public interest. Today, it has become painfully clear that this must mean doing everything in your power to address the terrible threat of climate change, in addition to your core activities as providers of healthcare, spiritual ministrations, outdoor activities and the myriad other social benefits your organisations bring to the citizens of the UK.

Using less energy will also be good for your budget. You’ll save money now as your bills shrink; you’ll save money in the future when laws force everyone else to catch up with you; and you’ll save money by keeping staff and winning members from rivals who don’t seem to be doing their bit.


Why 10%? Why now?

With climate change, everyone talks about long-term targets: Britain is committed to an 80% cut by 2050, and at least 34% by 2020. But scientists say it won’t be possible to meet these targets without the right action now – and that means cuts of around 10% in the very near future.