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Chesterfield Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 17, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“That Members approve the proposed Climate Change action plan as detailed in Appendix A, to support the Council to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“That Members approve the proposed Climate Change action plan as detailed in Appendix A, to support the Council to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and Chesterfield Borough by 2050.”

Climate documents

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

SectionChesterfield Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score25%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
11/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
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
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

416.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.0 tCO2e

per capita

6.3 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 Chesterfield 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
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority84%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council83%Yes2030Oct. 30, 2019
Ashfield District Council83%NoNo targetNo
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Kirklees Council81%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Darlington Borough Council81%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Wirral Council80%Yes2030July 15, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority80%Yes2038June 27, 2019
Sunderland City Council80%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council80%Yes2040Sept. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Chesterfield 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
Burnley Borough Council88%No2030July 10, 2019
Inverclyde Council87%YesNo targetNo
Swansea City Council86%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Chorley Council84%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council82%Yes2030No
Renfrewshire Council81%No2030June 27, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council80%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Midlothian Council79%Yes2030Dec. 17, 2019
West Lothian Council78%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority78%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North East Derbyshire District Council99%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Bolsover District Council97%YesNo targetNo
Derbyshire County Council95%Yes2032No

These councils are the most similar to Chesterfield 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
Bristol City Council99%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Plymouth City Council97%Yes2030March 18, 2019
City of Lincoln Council96%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council95%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council95%Yes2030No
Ipswich Borough Council92%Yes2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Enfield92%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Kirklees Council92%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council91%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Chesterfield 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
Halton Borough Council100%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council100%Yes2030No
Cardiff Council100%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council100%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Oxford City Council99%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Sheffield City Council99%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority99%Yes2040April 28, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority99%Yes2041June 28, 2019
Sunderland City Council99%Yes2030March 27, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Chesterfield 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

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

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