Comparing Core Cities

The Core Cities represents the council’s of England’s eight largest city economies outside London along with Glasgow and Cardiff.  The expansion of the Local Authority Energy Index this year allowed us to compare the performance in the Index of the eight English cities.

The Core Cities, as would be expected, showed a range of performance amongst the four category of indicator.

Each Core City has a weighted aggregate score that was calculated based on its several contiguous Local Authorities’ various scores . These were in turn weighted according to population, with more populous Core City Authorities contributing proportionately more to the Core City score calculation (total and per category).

Please note that some Core Cities will also be Local Authorities in their own right, and therefore have their own performance and scores which will differ from their Core City scores.

Energy management in own buildings

CityScore
Bristol23.10
Manchester19.40
Liverpool19.13
Leeds17.22
Birmingham16.74
Nottingham16.32
Sheffield15.96
Newcastle15.55

Figure 26. Core Cities, energy management in own buildings

Energy in the community

CityScore
Sheffield17.47
Manchester14.84
Bristol14.11
Leeds13.88
Birmingham13.52
Liverpool13.4
Nottingham12.75
Newcastle11.03

Figure 27. Core Cities, energy in the community

Energy in housing

CityScore
Manchester8.56
Liverpool7.5
Birmingham7.25
Sheffield7.2
Leeds7.13
Bristol6.99
Newcastle6.29
Nottingham5.28

Figure 28. Core Cities, energy in housing

Energy infrastructure

CityScore
Sheffield14.27
Leeds12.16
Birmingham11.73
Bristol11.27
Nottingham10.14
Manchester8.77
Newcastle8.65
Liverpool8.44

Figure 29. Core Cities, energy infrastructure

Overall ranking

CityScore
Bristol61.32
Manchester53.66
Sheffield53.41
Leeds51.96
Liverpool51.26
Birmingham50.45
Nottingham47.21
Newcastle46.64

Figure 30. Core Cities, overall scores

We recognise that all the Core Cities are developing large-scale and long-term projects and programmes, particularly in energy infrastructure such as heat networks and that the effects of these programmes may not be noticeable in the Index for several years.  We applaud the efforts of all the Core Cities in leading the way and collaborating together.  There remains, however, scope for cross learning from the best in particular categories and further scope for collaboration that can share development skills, resources and experiences to reduce costs for all members.

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