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Adur District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 18, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Adur & Worthing Councils declared a climate emergency in July 2019. As part of this declaration we made a commitment to work towards being a carbon neutral council by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Adur & Worthing Councils have committed to working towards carbon neutrality by 2030 for the councils own direct emissions, and 2050 for area-wide emissions, supporting the UK’s Net Zero by 2050 commitments and the Paris Agreement.”

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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SectionAdur District CouncilAverage district council
Total score54%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
12/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

206.3 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.2 tCO2

per person

4.7 ktCO2

per km2

43%

Transport

38%

Domestic

9%

Industry

6%

Commercial

3%

Public Sector

1%

Agriculture

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Adur District Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Broxbourne Borough Council88%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Havering88%YesNo targetNo
Spelthorne Borough Council87%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Rushmoor Borough Council86%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Dartford Borough Council86%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council85%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council85%NoNo targetNo
Arun District Council84%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Milton Keynes84%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council83%Yes2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Adur District Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Swindon Borough Council95%Yes2030No
City of York Council91%No2030March 11, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council91%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council90%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo
Great Yarmouth Borough Council89%NoNo targetNo
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council89%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council89%No2030March 5, 2019
Crawley Borough Council89%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Milton Keynes89%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Worthing Borough Council99%YesJuly 18, 2019
West Sussex County Council98%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council98%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Horsham District Council98%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council97%YesNo targetNo
Arun District Council96%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Crawley Borough Council96%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Lewes District Council96%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Mole Valley District Council95%No2030June 18, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council94%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Adur District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
London Borough of Havering92%YesNo targetNo
Spelthorne Borough Council91%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Welwyn Hatfield Council91%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Gedling Borough Council90%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Epping Forest District Council90%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo
Braintree District Council89%No2030July 22, 2019
Lewes District Council89%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council89%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Rugby Borough Council89%No2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Adur District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Woking Borough Council100%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Fareham Borough Council100%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council99%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2038July 17, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council99%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Basildon Borough Council99%Yes2030No
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Elmbridge Borough Council98%No2030July 17, 2019
Sheffield City Council98%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Adur District Council is a Non-Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Waste collection

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    adur-worthing.gov.uk
    Adur District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Adur District Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Adur District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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