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Derry City and Strabane District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 27, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2045

“The Climate Change Emergency Pledge outlines the Council's climate action commitments, including a shift to net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the city and district by 2045.”

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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SectionDerry City and Strabane District CouncilAverage Northern Ireland council
Total score25%26%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
6.0/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
3.8/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.5/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
3.0/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
0.5/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.5/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.0/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
0.8/4

Emissions data

866.3 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.7 tCO2

per person

0.7 ktCO2

per km2

4%

Commercial

30%

Domestic

35%

Industry

4%

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 Derry City and Strabane District 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
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council60%No2030May 2, 2020
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council60%NoNo targetNo
South Ayrshire Council57%No2045No
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council56%NoNo targetNo
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council55%NoNo targetSept. 9, 2019
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council55%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
East Ayrshire Council54%No2030No
North Lanarkshire Council51%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Pendle Borough Council51%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council51%No2030Sept. 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Derry City and Strabane District 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
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council76%NoNo targetNo
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council74%NoNo targetNo
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council72%No2030May 2, 2020
Rossendale Borough Council71%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council71%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council70%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council70%NoNo targetNo
Ribble Valley Borough Council70%No2030No
Selby District Council70%Yes2030No
South Ayrshire Council69%No2045No

These councils grographically border or overlap with Derry City and Strabane District Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council95%Yes2040July 2, 2019
Mid Ulster District Council94%NoNo targetNo
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council91%No2030May 2, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Derry City and Strabane District 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
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council89%Yes2030Sept. 28, 2020
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham87%No2030Jan. 30, 2020
Belfast City Council85%YesNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council82%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Hastings Borough Council82%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council81%NoNo targetNo
Manchester City Council81%Yes2038July 10, 2019
London Borough of Hackney80%Yes2040June 28, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council80%NoNo targetNo
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council79%No2038Feb. 24, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Derry City and Strabane District 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
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council94%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council92%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council92%No2038April 10, 2019
South Ayrshire Council91%No2045No
Carlisle City Council90%No2030March 5, 2019
Cherwell District Council90%No2030July 22, 2019
Stroud District Council87%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Boston Borough Council87%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
South Kesteven District Council85%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Derry City and Strabane District Council is a Northern Irish 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.

    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.

    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 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

    derrystrabane.com
    Derry City and Strabane District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Derry City and Strabane District Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Derry City and Strabane District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/derry-city-and-strabane-district-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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