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Epping Forest District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 19, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“To note that an action plan will be developed to cut across all relevant service areas to deliver the Council’s resolution to declare a climate emergency and its pledge to do everything within its power to make the Epping Forest District carbon neutral by 2030.”

Council only pledge for 2030

“In recognition of this the Council declared a climate emergency in September 2019 and set itself a target of ensuring its own buildings and operations are carbon neutral by 2030.”

Climate documents

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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SectionEpping Forest District CouncilAverage district council
Total score59%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
11/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
11/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
3/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

536.3 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.1 tCO2e

per capita

1.6 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 Epping Forest 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
Hertsmere Borough Council81%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Arun District Council81%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2020
Dacorum Council79%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Essex County Council78%No2030No
West Sussex County Council78%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Kent County Council77%Yes2030May 23, 2019
East Sussex County Council77%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Ashford Borough Council76%Yes2030No
Maidstone Borough Council76%Yes2030April 10, 2019
Bedford Borough Council76%Yes2030March 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Epping Forest 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
South Oxfordshire District Council84%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Woking Borough Council82%Yes2030July 25, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Arun District Council80%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2020
East Renfrewshire Council80%Yes2040Aug. 13, 2020
Renfrewshire Council80%No2030June 27, 2019
Hart District Council80%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Tendring District Council79%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Dacorum Council79%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Midlothian Council78%Yes2030Dec. 17, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Epping Forest District Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Harlow Council99%Yes2030July 11, 2019
London Borough of Redbridge98%Yes2050June 20, 2019
London Borough of Havering98%NoNo targetNo
Brentwood Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Borough of Broxbourne97%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Waltham Forest97%YesNo targetApril 25, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030No
London Borough of Enfield97%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Uttlesford District Council96%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Essex County Council96%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Epping Forest 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
Rugby Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Braintree District Council97%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Lewes District Council96%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Adur District Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Teignbridge District Council93%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Gedling Borough Council92%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
London Borough of Barnet92%YesNo targetNo
Spelthorne Borough Council92%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Wychavon District Council91%Yes2050No
Welwyn Hatfield Council91%Yes2030June 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Epping Forest 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
Maidstone Borough Council99%Yes2030April 10, 2019
Chorley Council98%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council97%Yes2030May 21, 2019
New Forest District Council97%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Lancaster City Council96%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
West Sussex County Council96%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Wyre Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council96%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Derbyshire County Council96%Yes2032No
Warwickshire County Council96%Yes2030July 25, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Epping Forest 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.

    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

    eppingforestdc.gov.uk
    Epping Forest District Council’s official homepage.
    @eppingforestdc
    Epping Forest District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Epping Forest 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 Epping Forest District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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