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Basildon Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Council only pledge for 2030

“The council recognises that all its functions and operations have an impact on the environment. The council will, therefore, reduce its impact on the local and global environment by providing clear leadership towards. achieving carbon neutrality for the organisation by 2030”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Councillors have approved Basildon's first ever climate change policy which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the borough net-zero carbon by 2050.”

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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SectionBasildon Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score49%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
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
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

726.0 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.9 tCO2e

per capita

6.6 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 Basildon 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
London Borough of Enfield87%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council85%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Dartford Borough Council84%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Essex County Council84%No2030No
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council84%No2030July 18, 2019
Borough of Broxbourne84%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Havering83%NoNo targetNo
Ipswich Borough Council83%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Milton Keynes83%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Medway Council83%Yes2030April 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Basildon 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
Swindon Borough Council95%Yes2030No
Crawley Borough Council91%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Milton Keynes91%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Colchester Borough Council90%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Canterbury City Council89%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council89%NoNo targetNo
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council87%Yes2030July 16, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon87%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
City of York Council87%No2030March 11, 2019
Derby City Council87%Yes2050May 23, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Essex County Council99%No2030No
Thurrock Council98%Yes2022Oct. 23, 2019
Chelmsford City Council98%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Brentwood Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Rochford District Council95%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Basildon 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
Telford & Wrekin Council96%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council96%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Medway Council95%Yes2030April 25, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council92%Yes2030No
Gravesham Borough Council92%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council92%Yes2030Dec. 4, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council91%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council90%YesNo targetNo
Swansea City Council90%Yes2030June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Basildon 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
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council100%Yes2030Dec. 4, 2019
Fareham Borough Council100%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Woking Borough Council100%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Borough of Broxbourne100%YesNo targetNo
Adur District Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council100%NoNo targetNo
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council100%No2030Aug. 29, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council100%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2038July 17, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Basildon 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

    basildon.gov.uk
    Basildon Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @basildoncouncil
    Basildon Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Basildon 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 Basildon Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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