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Buckinghamshire Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Whole area pledge for 2050

“On 15 July 2020 we committed to working “alongside national Government with the objective to achieve net carbon zero for Buckinghamshire as a whole by 2050.”

Council only pledge for 2050

“The council should also evaluate reaching ‘net zero’ for its own emissions no later than 2050 and possibly before this, potentially by 2030, subject to resources.”

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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SectionBuckinghamshire CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score35%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
5/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
11/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
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
2/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

2087.4 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.8 tCO2

per person

1.3 ktCO2

per km2

10%

Commercial

41%

Domestic

11%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

35%

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 Buckinghamshire 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
Warwickshire County Council89%Yes2030July 25, 2019
West Berkshire Council87%No2030July 2, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council85%No2030April 2, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council84%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Hampshire County Council83%No2050June 17, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council83%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council83%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council83%Yes2030No
Guildford Borough Council83%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council82%Yes2030May 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Buckinghamshire 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
Winchester City Council89%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Surrey County Council88%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Warwickshire County Council87%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council86%YesNo targetNo
West Berkshire Council85%No2030July 2, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council85%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Stafford Borough Council85%No2040July 23, 2019
Warwick District Council85%No2030June 26, 2019
West Sussex County Council83%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council83%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Dacorum Council96%Yes2050July 17, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council95%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Milton Keynes95%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead95%No2050June 26, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council94%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Slough Borough Council94%YesNo targetNo
Wokingham Borough Council94%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Three Rivers District Council94%No2030May 21, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council93%No2030March 5, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon93%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Buckinghamshire 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
Horsham District Council98%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Tandridge District Council98%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Mole Valley District Council97%No2030June 18, 2019
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council96%Yes2050No
Bromsgrove District Council96%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Warwick District Council96%No2030June 26, 2019
Eastleigh Borough Council96%Yes2025July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Buckinghamshire 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
West Northamptonshire Council99%NoNo targetNo
Dover District Council98%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Hart District Council98%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Lichfield District Council96%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Wyre Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council95%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council95%No2030July 16, 2019
Chorley Council95%No2030Nov. 19, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council94%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Lancaster City Council94%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Buckinghamshire 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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Buckinghamshire Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/buckinghamshire-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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