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Denbighshire County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 2, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Denbighshire County Council declared a Climate Change and Ecological Emergency in July 2019. In response and by the 31st March 2030 the Council aims to become a: Net Carbon Zero Council and a Ecologically Positive Council.”

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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SectionDenbighshire County CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score47%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
3/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

474.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.0 tCO2

per person

0.6 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

17%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

40%

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 Denbighshire County 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
Shropshire Council - Unitary75%No2030May 16, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council74%No2030May 9, 2019
Devon County Council73%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council73%Yes2030May 16, 2019
North Devon Council72%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Carmarthenshire County Council70%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Somerset County Council69%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
East Ayrshire Council69%No2030No
South Somerset District Council69%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Durham County Council68%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Denbighshire County 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
West Oxfordshire District Council92%Yes2030June 26, 2019
East Ayrshire Council88%No2030No
Gwynedd County Council88%No2030March 7, 2019
Cherwell District Council87%No2030July 22, 2019
Stafford Borough Council86%No2040July 23, 2019
North Kesteven District Council86%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Durham County Council86%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Staffordshire County Council85%Yes2050July 25, 2019
North East Combined Authority84%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council84%Yes2050No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Flintshire County Council95%NoNo targetNo
Wrexham County Borough Council93%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council92%No2030May 9, 2019
Gwynedd County Council86%No2030March 7, 2019
Powys County Council83%No2030July 30, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Denbighshire County 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
Fenland District Council91%NoNo targetNo
Isle of Anglesey County Council91%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Copeland Borough Council88%Yes2050No
Boston Borough Council87%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Cornwall Council (Unitary)87%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Bolsover District Council86%YesNo targetNo
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council86%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Isle of Wight Council86%No2030July 24, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council85%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council85%No2030May 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Denbighshire County 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
East Lothian Council89%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council88%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Broadland District Council88%No2050No
Chichester District Council88%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Cumbria County Council86%Yes2050No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council86%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Devon County Council85%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Winchester City Council85%Yes2024June 5, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council85%Yes2025April 11, 2019
East Ayrshire Council84%No2030No

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

Denbighshire County Council is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    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.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    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
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Denbighshire County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/denbighshire-county-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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