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Allerdale Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 25, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“The [Allerdale Partnership Climate Change] group will consider strategies and actions being developed by the council and other partner organisations and develop a borough-wide strategy in line with a target of net zero emissions by 2030, engaging other anchor institutions and SMEs.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022

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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SectionAllerdale Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score57%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
3/7
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
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

617.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.3 tCO2

per person

0.5 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

29%

Domestic

35%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

27%

Transport

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 Allerdale Borough 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
Cumbria County Council77%Yes2050No
Northumberland Council71%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council69%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Selby District Council68%Yes2030No
Ribble Valley Borough Council66%No2030No
South Lakeland District Council66%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
East Ayrshire Council65%No2030No
West Lindsey District Council64%Yes2050No
North Lincolnshire Council62%Yes2030No
Shropshire Council - Unitary62%No2030May 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Allerdale Borough 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
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council90%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council79%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Cumbria County Council77%Yes2050No
Ceredigion County Council76%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Scottish Borders Council74%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Ribble Valley Borough Council73%No2030No
Selby District Council72%Yes2030No
Northumberland Council72%Yes2030June 11, 2019
South Lakeland District Council72%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council71%No2030Sept. 25, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Allerdale Borough Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cumbria County Council95%Yes2050No
Copeland Borough Council94%Yes2050No
Carlisle City Council91%No2030March 5, 2019
South Lakeland District Council89%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Eden District Council89%No2030July 11, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council86%Yes2025June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Allerdale Borough 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
Northumberland Council91%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Cumbria County Council91%Yes2050No
South Ayrshire Council91%No2045No
Carlisle City Council91%No2030March 5, 2019
North Devon Council83%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council83%No2030May 9, 2019
Norfolk County Council82%No2030No
West Lindsey District Council81%Yes2050No
Bassetlaw District Council81%NoNo targetNo
East Ayrshire Council80%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Allerdale Borough 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
Stratford-on-Avon District Council87%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Selby District Council86%Yes2030No
Cotswold District Council86%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council85%No2030No
Mid Devon District Council84%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Copeland Borough Council84%Yes2050No
Harborough District Council84%No2030June 24, 2019
North Kesteven District Council84%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Uttlesford District Council82%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Maldon District Council82%No2030Feb. 4, 2021

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

Allerdale Borough 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

    allerdale.gov.uk
    Allerdale Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Allerdale Borough 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 Allerdale Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Allerdale Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/allerdale-borough-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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