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Charnwood Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2030

“On 24th June 2019, Charnwood Borough Council declared its ambition to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. ”

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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SectionCharnwood Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score21%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
5/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
3/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
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

690.9 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.7 tCO2

per person

2.5 ktCO2

per km2

36%

Domestic

32%

Transport

19%

Industry

6%

Commercial

5%

Public Sector

2%

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 Charnwood 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
City of York Council85%No2030March 11, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council85%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council85%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Leicestershire County Council84%No2030May 15, 2019
Milton Keynes84%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council84%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Erewash Borough Council83%No2050No
North Hertfordshire District Council83%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Staffordshire County Council83%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Worcestershire County Council82%Yes2030July 15, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Charnwood 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
Telford & Wrekin Council90%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Erewash Borough Council89%No2050No
Ashfield District Council89%NoNo targetNo
North Lanarkshire Council88%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council88%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council88%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Ashford Borough Council88%Yes2030No
Vale of Glamorgan Council88%Yes2030July 29, 2019
West Lothian Council88%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Lancashire County Council88%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Leicester City Council98%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council97%No2030No
Blaby District Council97%Yes2030No
Rushcliffe Borough Council97%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Nottingham City Council96%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Harborough District Council96%No2030June 24, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council96%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council96%No2030July 16, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council95%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Erewash Borough Council95%No2050No

These councils are the most similar to Charnwood 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
South Gloucestershire Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Lichfield District Council97%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Three Rivers District Council96%No2030May 21, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council96%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Broadland District Council96%No2050No
Sevenoaks District Council96%Yes2030No
Chelmsford City Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Charnwood 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
Darlington Borough Council99%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Renfrewshire Council98%No2030June 27, 2019
Canterbury City Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Swansea City Council97%No2030June 27, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council97%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
East Dunbartonshire Council97%Yes2045No
Dacorum Council97%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Pendle Borough Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Peterborough City Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Charnwood 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Charnwood Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/charnwood-borough-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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