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East Hertfordshire District Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Whole area pledge for 2030

“Our aim is to achieve carbon neutrality for East Herts Council's own generated emissions by 2030 and do all that we can to assist in achieving carbon neutrality by the same year for the wider district.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022
Action Plan

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East Hertfordshire District Council Action Plan

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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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SectionEast Hertfordshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score31%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
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
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

604.2 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.0 tCO2

per person

1.3 ktCO2

per km2

39%

Transport

36%

Domestic

11%

Industry

10%

Commercial

3%

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 East Hertfordshire 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
Mid Sussex District Council88%YesNo targetNo
South Oxfordshire District Council85%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council84%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Hart District Council84%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council84%No2050No
North Hertfordshire District Council84%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Chelmsford City Council83%Yes2030July 16, 2019
St Albans City and District Council83%No2030July 9, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council83%No2030April 2, 2019
East Hampshire District Council83%No2050July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to East Hertfordshire 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
Warwickshire County Council93%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Essex County Council93%Yes2030No
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council92%Yes2025July 18, 2019
East Sussex County Council90%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
West Sussex County Council90%Yes2030April 5, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council90%NoNo targetNo
Mid Sussex District Council90%YesNo targetNo
Broadland District Council89%No2050No
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council89%Yes2050No
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Broxbourne Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Harlow Council98%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Stevenage Borough Council97%No2030June 12, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council97%Yes2030June 19, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Epping Forest District Council97%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
London Borough of Enfield97%No2030July 8, 2019
London Borough of Waltham Forest96%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019
Uttlesford District Council96%Yes2030July 30, 2019
London Borough of Haringey96%Yes2027March 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to East Hertfordshire 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
Mid Sussex District Council99%YesNo targetNo
West Oxfordshire District Council98%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Uttlesford District Council98%Yes2030July 30, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council98%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council98%Yes2025April 11, 2019
West Berkshire Council96%No2030July 2, 2019
St Albans City and District Council94%No2030July 9, 2019
Waverley Borough Council94%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Harborough District Council93%No2030June 24, 2019
Rushcliffe Borough Council93%Yes2030March 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to East Hertfordshire 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
South Kesteven District Council98%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Boston Borough Council98%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Gloucestershire County Council97%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Stafford Borough Council96%No2040July 23, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council96%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Waverley Borough Council95%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
South Ayrshire Council95%No2045No
Worcestershire County Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Rugby Borough Council94%No2030July 18, 2019
Carlisle City Council94%No2030March 5, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

East Hertfordshire District 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

    eastherts.gov.uk
    East Hertfordshire District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check East Hertfordshire District 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 East Hertfordshire District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: East Hertfordshire District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/east-hertfordshire-district-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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