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Amber Valley Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 24, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Committed to addressing the issue of climate change, Amber Valley Borough Council has declared its aim to become carbon-neutral by 2030.”

Climate documents

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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SectionAmber Valley Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score21%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
5/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
1/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
1/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

660.9 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.2 tCO2e

per capita

2.5 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Amber Valley 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
Derbyshire County Council86%Yes2032No
Nottinghamshire County Council86%No2030May 27, 2021
North East Derbyshire District Council86%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council85%Yes2030April 3, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council84%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Staffordshire County Council82%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Leicestershire County Council79%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Wyre Council77%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Lancashire County Council77%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Rugby Borough Council76%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Amber Valley 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
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2040Sept. 19, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council89%No2030May 27, 2021
East Ayrshire Council86%Yes2030No
South Ayrshire Council86%Yes2045No
Derbyshire County Council85%Yes2032No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council84%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Shropshire Council - Unitary83%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Angus Council82%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council81%Yes2030No
Scarborough Borough Council81%No2030Jan. 7, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Derbyshire County Council98%Yes2032No
Derby City Council98%Yes2050May 23, 2019
Erewash Borough Council97%No2050No
North East Derbyshire District Council96%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council96%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Ashfield District Council96%NoNo targetNo
South Derbyshire District Council96%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council95%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Bolsover District Council95%YesNo targetNo
Nottinghamshire County Council91%No2030May 27, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Amber Valley 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
Flintshire County Council97%NoNo targetNo
Essex County Council97%No2030No
Colchester Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Bedford Borough Council95%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
West Lothian Council94%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council93%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Worcestershire County Council93%Yes2050July 15, 2021
Maidstone Borough Council93%Yes2030April 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Amber Valley 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
Chelmsford City Council99%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council97%Yes2030April 3, 2019
West Lothian Council97%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council97%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council97%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Canterbury City Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council96%Yes2030July 29, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council96%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Bath and North East Somerset Council95%Yes2030March 14, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council95%Yes2030May 21, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Amber Valley 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.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    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

    ambervalley.gov.uk
    Amber Valley Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @AmberValleyBC
    Amber Valley Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Amber Valley 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 Amber Valley Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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