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Boston Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 20, 2020.

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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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SectionBoston Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score13%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

297.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.2 tCO2

per person

0.7 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

19%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

39%

Transport

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 Boston 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
East Suffolk Council76%No2030July 24, 2019
Ashford Borough Council75%Yes2030No
Norfolk County Council73%No2030No
Swale Borough Council73%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Suffolk County Council72%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council71%Yes2050No
Folkestone and Hythe District Council71%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Braintree District Council70%No2030July 22, 2019
East Sussex County Council70%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Lancashire County Council70%No2030Feb. 28, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Boston 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
Somerset West and Taunton Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
North Somerset Council90%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
East Suffolk Council89%No2030July 24, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council89%Yes2030May 15, 2019
East Devon District Council89%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Halton Borough Council89%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council88%No2030March 5, 2019
Worcestershire County Council88%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Tewkesbury Borough Council87%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Holland District Council97%NoNo targetNo
East Lindsey District Council95%Yes2040No
Lincolnshire County Council94%Yes2050No
North Kesteven District Council93%Yes2030July 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Boston 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
Isle of Wight Council95%No2030July 24, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)93%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council90%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Somerset West and Taunton Council90%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Fenland District Council89%NoNo targetNo
Denbighshire County Council88%No2030July 2, 2019
London Borough of Ealing87%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Bolsover District Council86%YesNo targetNo
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council85%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
London Borough of Hounslow85%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Boston 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
Stafford Borough Council96%No2040July 23, 2019
South Kesteven District Council96%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council95%Yes2030No
Suffolk County Council95%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Ashford Borough Council92%Yes2030No
Somerset West and Taunton Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
East Suffolk Council92%No2030July 24, 2019
Bedford Borough Council91%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council91%No2030Jan. 7, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Boston 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.

    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

    mybostonuk.com
    Boston Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Boston 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 Boston Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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