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Brentwood Borough Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Climate pledges

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Climate documents

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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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Brentwood Borough Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionBrentwood Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%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
0/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
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
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

399.2 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.2 tCO2e

per capita

2.6 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 Brentwood 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 Hampshire District Council86%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council82%Yes2050No
West Berkshire Council82%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Chelmsford City Council80%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Wealden District Council80%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Warwickshire County Council80%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Mole Valley District Council80%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Waverley Borough Council80%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Guildford Borough Council79%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council79%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Brentwood 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
East Hampshire District Council89%Yes2050July 18, 2019
West Berkshire Council83%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Wealden District Council81%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council80%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Warwick District Council79%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Waverley Borough Council79%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Cotswold District Council78%YesNo targetJuly 3, 2019
New Forest District Council78%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Lichfield District Council78%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Horsham District Council77%Yes2050June 26, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Essex County Council99%No2030No
London Borough of Havering98%NoNo targetNo
Thurrock Council98%Yes2022Oct. 23, 2019
Basildon Borough Council98%Yes2030No
Epping Forest District Council98%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Chelmsford City Council97%Yes2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Brentwood 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
Tandridge District Council98%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Bracknell Forest Council98%Yes2050No
Buckinghamshire Council98%Yes2050No
Mole Valley District Council98%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Horsham District Council97%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Eastleigh Borough Council97%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames96%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Rochford District Council96%No2030No
Woking Borough Council96%Yes2030July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Brentwood 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
Nottinghamshire County Council98%No2030May 27, 2021
Colchester Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council95%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Wyre Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council95%Yes2030April 10, 2019
Chorley Council95%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
West Sussex County Council95%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Epping Forest District Council94%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council94%YesNo targetNo
Lichfield District Council94%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Brentwood 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

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

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