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Essex County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2030

“In today’s meeting, ECC’s Cabinet agreed to a range of climate mitigation initiatives, that include: a policy to transform its estate to have net zero greenhouse emissions by 2030.”

Climate documents

We couldn’t find any climate action plans for this council.

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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Essex County Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionEssex County CouncilAverage county council
Total score0%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

2527.1 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.8 tCO2

per person

2.6 ktCO2

per km2

12%

Commercial

37%

Domestic

10%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

37%

Transport

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities. Data has been combined from constituent local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Essex County 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
Kent County Council88%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Dacorum Council88%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council88%NoNo targetNo
Hertsmere Borough Council87%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
East Sussex County Council86%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Arun District Council86%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Borough of Broxbourne86%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Havering86%YesNo targetNo
Hertfordshire County Council85%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council85%No2030April 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Essex County 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
Dacorum Council92%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Kent County Council92%Yes2030May 23, 2019
East Sussex County Council91%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Ashford Borough Council91%Yes2030No
Worcestershire County Council91%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Folkestone and Hythe District Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council89%NoNo targetNo
West Sussex County Council89%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council89%Yes2030July 16, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Basildon Borough Council99%Yes2030No
Brentwood Borough Council99%NoNo targetNo
Chelmsford City Council98%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Thurrock Council98%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
London Borough of Havering97%YesNo targetNo
Castle Point Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Epping Forest District Council96%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Medway Council96%Yes2050April 25, 2019
London Borough of Redbridge95%Yes2050June 20, 2019
Harlow Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Essex County 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
Amber Valley Borough Council97%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Colchester Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council96%No2030April 10, 2019
Flintshire County Council95%NoNo targetNo
Castle Point Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council94%Yes2030July 16, 2019
London Borough of Havering93%YesNo targetNo
North East Derbyshire District Council93%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Bedford Borough Council93%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council93%No2030April 3, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Essex County 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
Swansea City Council98%No2030June 27, 2019
Peterborough City Council98%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council98%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead97%No2050June 26, 2019
Dacorum Council97%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority97%NoNo targetNo
Swindon Borough Council97%Yes2030No
St Albans City and District Council97%No2030July 9, 2019
Pendle Borough Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Essex County Council is a County Council, 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
    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    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
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste 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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    essex.gov.uk
    Essex County Council’s official homepage.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Essex County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/essex-county-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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