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Blaby District 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

“We are committed to minimising the environmental impacts of our own activities. Aiming to achieve 100% clean energy across our buildings and services and ensuring that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with our ambition for the council’s own activities to be carbon neutral by 2030. ”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Work with partners and the community to support the district in its aspiration to be Carbon Neutral by 2050, if not earlier.”

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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Blaby District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionBlaby District CouncilAverage district council
Total score56%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
11/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
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
3/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

336.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.3 tCO2

per person

2.6 ktCO2

per km2

42%

Domestic

32%

Transport

12%

Industry

10%

Commercial

2%

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 Blaby 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
City of York Council86%No2030March 11, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council84%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council84%No2050No
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council84%No2030July 16, 2019
St Albans City and District Council84%No2030July 9, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council84%No2030July 19, 2019
Leicestershire County Council83%No2030May 15, 2019
Hampshire County Council83%No2050June 17, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council82%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council82%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Blaby 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
Rochford District Council95%Yes2030No
Wokingham Borough Council92%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council91%NoNo targetNo
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council90%No2038March 28, 2019
Arun District Council89%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
London Borough of Havering88%YesNo targetNo
Spelthorne Borough Council88%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Warrington Borough Council87%Yes2030June 7, 2019
St Albans City and District Council87%No2030July 9, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Leicester City Council98%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council98%No2030No
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council97%No2030July 16, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Harborough District Council96%No2030June 24, 2019
Rugby Borough Council96%No2030July 18, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council96%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council96%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Coventry City Council94%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Rushcliffe Borough Council94%Yes2030March 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Blaby 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
Surrey County Council98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council97%No2040No
Bracknell Forest Council97%Yes2050No
Buckinghamshire Council97%No2050No
Tandridge District Council97%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Rochford District Council97%Yes2030No
Warwick District Council96%No2030June 26, 2019
Horsham District Council96%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council96%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Blaby 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
Bridgend County Borough Council98%No2030July 22, 2022
Caerphilly County Borough Council97%Yes2030June 4, 2019
North East Combined Authority97%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Gedling Borough Council97%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council94%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Fylde Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council94%NoNo targetSept. 28, 2022
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council93%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council92%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council92%No2040No

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Blaby 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

    blaby.gov.uk
    Blaby District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Blaby 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 Blaby District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Blaby District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/blaby-district-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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