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Chorley Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

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. ”

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.”

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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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

390.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.3 tCO2

per person

1.9 ktCO2

per km2

43%

Domestic

29%

Transport

14%

Industry

6%

Commercial

6%

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 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 Council85%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Worcestershire County Council84%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Staffordshire County Council83%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Leicestershire County Council83%No2030May 15, 2019
Warrington Borough Council82%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Fylde Borough Council82%NoNo targetNo
Cheshire West and Chester Council81%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council81%No2030April 3, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council81%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
West Lothian Council81%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019

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
Falkirk Council92%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Ashford Borough Council91%Yes2030No
West Lothian Council91%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Ashfield District Council90%NoNo targetNo
South Tyneside Council89%No2030July 18, 2019
Erewash Borough Council89%No2050No
Sunderland City Council88%Yes2030March 27, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council88%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council88%No2030April 10, 2019
North East Combined Authority88%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Ribble Borough Council98%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Preston City Council97%No2030April 18, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2040June 10, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council94%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Warrington Borough Council94%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Fylde Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo

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
Canterbury City Council98%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Milton Keynes97%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority96%Yes2050No
West Northamptonshire Council95%NoNo targetNo
West Lancashire Borough Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council94%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Worcestershire County Council93%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Aberdeen City Council93%Yes2045No
Flintshire County Council93%NoNo targetNo
West of England Combined Authority93%Yes2030July 1, 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
Leicestershire County Council97%No2030May 15, 2019
New Forest District Council97%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Kent County Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Derbyshire County Council96%Yes2032No
Wrexham County Borough Council96%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Lancaster City Council96%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Essex County Council95%Yes2030No

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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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Chorley Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/chorley-council/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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