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Elmbridge Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 17, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“This Council therefore calls on the Cabinet to: Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’; Pledge to make Elmbridge carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”

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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SectionElmbridge Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score59%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
17/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

587.5 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.3 tCO2e

per capita

6.1 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 Elmbridge 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
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead89%Yes2050June 26, 2019
St Albans City and District Council84%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Surrey County Council84%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council84%Yes2030No
Surrey Heath Borough Council84%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Mole Valley District Council82%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Three Rivers District Council82%Yes2030May 21, 2019
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames81%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council80%Yes2035July 23, 2019
Waverley Borough Council80%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Elmbridge 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
Mole Valley District Council92%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Waverley Borough Council88%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Tandridge District Council87%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead84%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council83%Yes2030No
Surrey Heath Borough Council82%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)81%Yes2025May 22, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council79%Yes2040Aug. 13, 2020
Warwickshire County Council77%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council77%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Spelthorne Borough Council99%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames98%Yes2038June 25, 2019
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Surrey County Council98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Runnymede Borough Council98%YesNo targetOct. 17, 2019
Mole Valley District Council98%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Woking Borough Council97%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Guildford Borough Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Elmbridge 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
Fareham Borough Council100%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council100%Yes2035July 23, 2019
St Albans City and District Council99%Yes2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council97%YesNo targetNo
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead96%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Blaby District Council95%Yes2030No
East Hertfordshire District Council95%Yes2030No
West Berkshire Council94%Yes2030July 2, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Elmbridge 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
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council100%Yes2030No
Chesterfield Borough Council100%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority99%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Halton Borough Council99%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Oxford City Council99%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Cardiff Council99%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Sheffield City Council99%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
Sunderland City Council99%Yes2030March 27, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority99%Yes2041June 28, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Elmbridge 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

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

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