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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 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

366.8 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.6 tCO2e

per capita

2.8 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 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
Wokingham Borough Council85%Yes2030July 18, 2019
St Albans City and District Council84%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Hampshire County Council83%Yes2050June 17, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council83%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council82%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Eastleigh Borough Council81%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Warwickshire County Council81%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council81%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council81%Yes2030July 16, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council81%Yes2030July 17, 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
Wokingham Borough Council92%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council89%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Spelthorne Borough Council89%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Rochford District Council88%No2030No
London Borough of Havering87%NoNo targetNo
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2038March 28, 2019
Havant Borough Council87%Yes2050No
Lewes District Council87%Yes2030July 15, 2019
St Albans City and District Council87%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Hampshire County Council86%Yes2050June 17, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Leicester City Council98%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council98%Yes2030No
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council97%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Harborough District Council96%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Rugby Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 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
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead99%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Guildford Borough Council98%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Rochford District Council97%No2030No
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames96%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Stroud District Council96%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Tandridge District Council96%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Mole Valley District Council96%Yes2030June 18, 2019
St Albans City and District Council96%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo

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 Council99%Yes2030No
North East Combined Authority98%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Caerphilly County Borough Council98%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Gedling Borough Council97%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council95%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Fylde Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council94%YesNo targetNo
Nottinghamshire County Council93%No2030May 27, 2021
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council93%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council92%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019

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.

    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

    blaby.gov.uk
    Blaby District Council’s official homepage.
    @blabydc
    Blaby District Council’s Twitter account.
    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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