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Eastleigh Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 18, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2025

“Put in place measures to ensure the Council’s own operations and functions achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.”

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Establish a cross-party working group to develop a plan for how the Borough of Eastleigh could achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.”

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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SectionEastleigh Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score47%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
5/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
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
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

407.0 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.0 tCO2e

per capita

4.8 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Eastleigh 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
Fareham Borough Council89%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
London Borough of Sutton86%Yes2045July 22, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council86%Yes2050No
South Gloucestershire Council86%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames85%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council84%Yes2035July 23, 2019
Hampshire County Council83%Yes2050June 17, 2019
Blaby District Council83%Yes2030No
Swindon Borough Council83%Yes2030No
Bath and North East Somerset Council83%Yes2030March 14, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Eastleigh 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
Medway Council93%Yes2030April 25, 2019
Havant Borough Council92%Yes2050No
London Borough of Havering91%NoNo targetNo
Ipswich Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Hastings Borough Council91%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council90%Yes2030June 20, 2019
London Borough of Enfield89%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Luton Borough Council89%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
London Borough of Bexley89%NoNo targetNo
Fareham Borough Council89%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Southampton City Council99%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Fareham Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Winchester City Council98%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Hampshire County Council96%Yes2050June 17, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
New Forest District Council95%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Hertfordshire County Council88%Yes2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Eastleigh 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
Bracknell Forest Council98%Yes2050No
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames98%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Woking Borough Council98%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council97%Yes2030No
East Dunbartonshire Council97%Yes2045No
Rochford District Council96%No2030No
Buckinghamshire Council96%Yes2050No
Tandridge District Council95%No2030Feb. 13, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Eastleigh 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
Hyndburn Borough Council99%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2030Oct. 30, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council99%NoNo targetJune 25, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Dartford Borough Council98%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Warrington Borough Council98%Yes2030June 7, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council98%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Kirklees Council98%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority97%Yes2038June 27, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Eastleigh 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.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    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

    eastleigh.gov.uk
    Eastleigh Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @eastleighbc
    Eastleigh Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Eastleigh 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 Eastleigh Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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