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Chorley Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Nov. 19, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“That all relevant outside organisation member representatives, Cabinet Members and senior officers work with partners, including individuals and community action groups across the borough to identify ways to make Chorley carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”

Council only pledge for 2030

“Chorley Borough Council declared a climate emergency in November 2019, with the council committing itself to be a carbon-neutral authority by 2030. ”

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

Chorley 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.

SectionChorley 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

404.4 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.4 tCO2

per person

2.0 ktCO2

per km2

10%

Commercial

44%

Domestic

11%

Industry

8%

Public Sector

28%

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 Chorley 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
Lancaster City Council82%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Leicestershire County Council80%No2030May 15, 2019
Warrington Borough Council78%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Stafford Borough Council78%No2040July 23, 2019
Staffordshire County Council77%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council77%No2030April 3, 2019
Lancashire County Council76%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council76%No2030May 27, 2021
Fylde Borough Council76%NoNo targetNo
Worcestershire County Council75%Yes2030July 15, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Chorley 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
Swansea City Council93%No2030June 27, 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council88%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Wirral Council87%No2030July 15, 2019
Inverclyde Council86%NoNo targetNo
Burnley Borough Council85%No2030July 10, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council84%Yes2030July 17, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council84%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Renfrewshire Council83%No2030June 27, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council82%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Sunderland City Council81%Yes2030March 27, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Ribble Borough Council98%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Chorley 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
Milton Keynes98%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Oxford City Council97%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Aberdeen City Council95%Yes2045No
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority94%Yes2050No
Derbyshire County Council93%Yes2032No
Canterbury City Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council93%NoNo targetNo
North East Derbyshire District Council92%Yes2030July 8, 2019
West of England Combined Authority92%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Staffordshire County Council92%Yes2050July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Chorley 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
Epping Forest District Council98%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council98%No2030April 10, 2019
Wyre Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Lichfield District Council95%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council95%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
New Forest District Council95%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Buckinghamshire Council95%No2050No
West Sussex County Council95%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council95%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Lancaster City Council95%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Chorley 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

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

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