Local government sustainability benchmarking

Gain an in-depth understanding of how your sustainability performance compares to your peers with our local government sustainability benchmarking

We can benchmark your sustainability performance against other relevant local government organisations using either our holistic One Planet framework, or your own sustainability framework. The analysis will rank your performance across key measures of sustainability, showing you whether you’re ahead of the curve or bringing up the rear in your sustainability performance.

What we do

First, we work with you to select which of your peers  it makes most sense to benchmark you against – they could be local government bodies that are geographically close, or those that are further afield but similar in size and and in socioeconomic characteristics.

Using a set of carefully selected key sustainability performance indicators, we draw on over 40 datasets to rank your sustainability performance against your peers. Indicators range from fuel poverty and renewable energy generation to levels of physical activity and happiness.

You will be ranked against each of these KPIs as well as being given an overall ranking against your chosen comparators, revealing whether you are a leader or lagging behind in sustainability.

If you’re leading the pack, you can shout about it. And if you’re not doing so well, the benchmark will help you decide where best to focus your efforts next.

Case study: Our benchmarking work with Lambeth Council

In 2015 Bioregional carried out a local government sustainability benchmarking exercise for the London Borough of Lambeth in London. Comparing Lambeth’s sustainability performance against 15 of its peers enabled us to build up a clear picture of its strengths and weaknesses. The insights from the benchmarking process were instrumental in helping the council prioritise areas for its Sustainability Commissioning Strategy.


Photo credit: Rich Howorth/Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Brighton and Hove became the world’s first One Planet City in 2013.