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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 28, 2020.

Climate pledge for 2030

“We support Welsh Government’s ambition for the Welsh public sector to be carbon neutral by 2030, and this plan sets out how we intend to deliver on this ambition over the next ten years.”

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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SectionBlaenau Gwent County Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score17%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
2/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

275.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.9 tCO2

per person

2.5 ktCO2

per km2

38%

Domestic

30%

Industry

25%

Transport

4%

Commercial

2%

Public Sector

0%

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 Blaenau Gwent County 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
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council85%NoNo targetNo
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council83%Yes2030No
Caerphilly County Borough Council77%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Newport City Council75%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Torfaen County Borough Council74%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Pendle Borough Council73%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council72%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council72%No2030No
Rossendale Borough Council72%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council71%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Blaenau Gwent County 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
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council91%NoNo targetNo
Fife Council80%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council79%Yes2030No
South Ribble Borough Council78%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council78%NoNo targetNo
Hyndburn Borough Council76%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council76%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council76%Yes2030No
Bridgend County Borough Council76%No2030No
Fenland District Council75%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Caerphilly County Borough Council98%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council97%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Cardiff Council95%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council95%Yes2050No
Newport City Council95%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Monmouthshire County Council94%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Devon County Council94%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council93%Yes2030July 29, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council92%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Blaenau Gwent County 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
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council95%NoNo targetSept. 9, 2019
Ards and North Down Borough Council90%NoNo targetFeb. 27, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council86%Yes2030No
Great Yarmouth Borough Council86%NoNo targetNo
Tendring District Council83%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
East Lindsey District Council82%Yes2040No
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Thanet District Council81%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Ashfield District Council79%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Blaenau Gwent County 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
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council99%Yes2030No
Newport City Council98%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Torfaen County Borough Council96%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council96%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council96%No2040Aug. 13, 2020
Thurrock Council95%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Warrington Borough Council95%Yes2030June 7, 2019
City of York Council95%No2030March 11, 2019
Kirklees Council94%No2038Jan. 16, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    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.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    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
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
    Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Blaenau Gwent County 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 Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/blaenau-gwent-county-borough-council/ [Accessed 6 Oct 2022].

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