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Dartford Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 7, 2019.

Climate pledges

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Climate documents

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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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Dartford Borough 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.

SectionDartford Borough 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

410.9 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.6 tCO2

per person

5.4 ktCO2

per km2

44%

Transport

33%

Domestic

12%

Commercial

8%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

0%

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 Dartford 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
Adur District Council86%Yes2030July 18, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon85%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Basildon Borough Council85%Yes2030No
Broxbourne Borough Council85%NoNo targetNo
Thurrock Council84%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Arun District Council83%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Gravesham Borough Council83%No2030June 26, 2019
Crawley Borough Council81%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Essex County Council81%Yes2030No
London Borough of Havering80%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Dartford 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
Adur District Council89%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Crawley Borough Council89%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Swindon Borough Council87%Yes2030No
London Borough of Hillingdon87%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Basildon Borough Council85%Yes2030No
City of York Council85%No2030March 11, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council85%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Essex County Council84%Yes2030No
Hampshire County Council84%No2050June 17, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council84%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
London Borough of Bexley99%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Havering98%YesNo targetNo
Thurrock Council98%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council98%No2030June 26, 2019
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham98%No2030Jan. 30, 2020
Sevenoaks District Council98%Yes2030No
Kent County Council98%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Royal Borough of Greenwich97%Yes2030June 26, 2019
London Borough of Bromley97%Yes2027No

These councils are the most similar to Dartford 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
Cannock Chase District Council95%No2030July 17, 2019
Arun District Council91%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Thurrock Council90%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council89%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council89%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council88%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council88%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council88%NoNo targetNo
Ashford Borough Council87%Yes2030No
Norfolk County Council87%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Dartford 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
Medway Council98%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council98%No2030July 17, 2019
Eastleigh Borough Council97%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority97%No2038June 27, 2019
Warrington Borough Council96%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Kirklees Council96%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council96%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Aberdeen City Council95%Yes2045No

Powers & Responsibilities

Dartford 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Dartford Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/dartford-borough-council/ [Accessed 6 Oct 2022].

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