Environment & Sustainability Strategy - Performance

This page provide a performance framework for the Team Doncaster Environment & Sustainability Strategy. Performance data will be update here at appropriate intervals.

Priority Area  


Performance Indicators  


Woodland, Trees and Greenspace  

Improved green space provision and increased tree coverage.  

  • Proportion of land covered by greenspace and tree canopy coverage (increase).  
  • Net loss of woodland, trees and greenspace due to development (minimise).  
  • Approximately 5.8% of Doncaster is woodland.  
  • Doncaster tree canopy cover is on average 13% (7% - 24%). 


Bigger areas for nature and better quality habitats that are more joined up at all scales.  

  • Proportion of wildlife sites actively managed for their biodiversity interests (increase).  
  • Expenditure and engagement in biodiversity conservation (increase).  
  • 38% of the Borough’s Local Wildlife Sites are actively managed for their biodiversity interests (2020). 
  • Public support, awareness and engagement in biodiversity conservation and social responsibility is rising; as shown by increases in expenditure by Non-Government Organisations and time committed to conservation causes by volunteers. Conversely, public sector expenditure has fallen dramatically over the last decade, and coordinated communication & support to help individuals/communities contributeisn’t well-developed. 

Water Quality, Flood Management & Drainage  

Better water quality and better protection from flooding.  

  • Water quality measures (optimise).  

Scale and severity of flood damage incurred by residents and businesses (minimise).  

  • Further research needed to determine this. 

Peatland & Soil  

Peatland is recognised, protected, enhanced and extended for biodiversity, water storage, carbon sequestration, and essential climate mitigation.  

  • Scale of loss/degradation of peatland from 2020 levels (minimise).  
  • 40% of vegetation and resident fauna affected, peat surface burned, tramways and access routes damaged, plastic water control structures melted and peat from some of the baulks which divide up the restoration cells burned. 

Contaminated Land  

Potential risk from contaminated land sites is appropriately mitigated.  

  • Proportion of CL sites identified and assessed (maximise).  
  • 43 sites on the public Contaminated Land Register (2020).  

Energy Efficiency of Buildings and Sustainable Energy  

Reduced carbon footprint from homes & buildings and reduced running costs for residents and businesses.  

  • Proportion of homes/buildings with energy rating A-C (increase).  
  • Proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources (increase).  
  • Domestic energy efficiency ratings: A/B: 8%, C: 52% 
  • Private sector homes: A/B: 10%, C: 26% 
  • Council houses: B: 3%, C: 62%  
  • 9th highest number of renewable energy installations in the UK: 7,053 homes and 191 businesses generating their own electricity. 
  • 678kw solar PV installed on 16 Council owned buildings. 
  • 2.124MW solar PV installed on 750 council houses. 

Statutory Nuisances  

Reduced noise, light and odour nuisances.  

  • Number of noise, light and odour complaints (reduce).  
  • Around 2,200 noise complaints per year. 
  • Around 24 light complaints per year. 
  • Around 80 odour complaints per year. 


Improved air quality across the borough.  

  • Number of AQMAs (reduce).  
  • Air quality measures (optimise).  
  • Number of people cycling/walking for transport (increase)  

8 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs)  

Average (2019/20) 


PM10 across all sites   


NO2 - worst 3 sites  


NO2 - best 3 sites 


NO2 - worst sites across all AQMAs   










Nature Tourism  

Nature tourism sites are protected, improved and well-used by residents and visitors.  

  • Number of visitors to nature sites/attractions (reduce).  
  • Total of £253m visitor spend per year (2017-2019) 
  • An average of 305,000 trips a year generating 760,000 overnight stays per year and generating an average annual spend of £41 million (2017-2019).  
  • 7.1 million day visitors p.a. generating an average £212 million p.a. (2017-19). 
  • Visitor spend on the Trans Pennine Trail increased from £144m (2011) to £885m (2017).  

Green & Innovative Economy  

Opportunities in the green economy are accessible and exploited.  

  • Number of businesses and jobs created in green tech industries/supply chains (increase).  
  • Further research needed to determine this. 

Existing Business Operations & Growth  

Local businesses are supported to be more environmentally sustainable and to access opportunities associated with the green economy.  

  • Proportion of commercial buildings with energy rating A-C (increase).  
  • Further research needed to determine this. 


Local farms are resilient and adaptable to changing conditions, and actively support the reduction of impacts of climate change.  

  • Proportion of businesses trading with local farmers (increase).  
  • Carbon footprint of local farms (reduce).  
  • Number of new farmers joining the sector (increase).  
  • Further research needed to determine this. 


The impact of local food consumption and waste disposal is minimised.  

  • Proportion of food sourced from local providers (increase).  
  • Further research needed to determine this. 

Fly Tipping and Litter  

Reduced incidences and impact of fly tipping & litter.  

  • Scale and severity of fly tipping and litter across Doncaster (reduce).  
  • Monthly fly tipping incidents range from 441 (Oct 2017) to 122 (May 2019). 
  • 70 tonnes of waste collected each week from hotspots, costing around £400k per year.  
  • In 2019, there were 1617 reported cases of littering, 3142 littering fines and 506 cases submitted for prosecution. 

Waste & Recycling  

The impact of the borough’s waste on the environment is minimised.  

  • Proportion of household waste recycled (increase).  
  • Amount of household, municipal and commercial waste to landfill (reduce).  
  • Total waste generated is composed of: 
  • 12% Household waste (46.4% recycled, 4.6% to landfill (2018/19)). 
  • 18% Commercial and Industrial waste 
  • 63% Construction, Demolition and Excavation 
  • (Recycling and landfill proportions for C&I and C,D&E waste are not known at present)  


Last updated: Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:40:28 PM