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Forest of Dean District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Dec. 6, 2018.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Make the Forest of Dean District carbon neutral by 2030.”

Council only pledge for 2030

“Make the Forest of Dean District Council carbon neutral 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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SectionForest of Dean District CouncilAverage district council
Total score45%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
9/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
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
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

427.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.9 tCO2

per person

0.8 ktCO2

per km2

6%

Commercial

30%

Domestic

30%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

32%

Transport

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 Forest of Dean 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
Herefordshire Council78%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Somerset County Council77%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
South Somerset District Council77%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary75%No2030May 16, 2019
North Devon Council74%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Mendip District Council74%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
South Holland District Council73%NoNo targetNo
Mid Devon District Council73%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Devon County Council71%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Dorset Council70%No2040May 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Forest of Dean 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
Melton Borough Council87%No2030July 17, 2019
Maldon District Council84%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Stroud District Council83%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council83%No2030July 16, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council83%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Caerphilly County Borough Council83%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Torridge District Council83%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Suffolk County Council82%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Pendle Borough Council82%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Stroud District Council96%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
South Gloucestershire Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Herefordshire Council93%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council93%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council92%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council92%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Worcestershire County Council87%Yes2030July 15, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Forest of Dean 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
South Holland District Council96%NoNo targetNo
Somerset West and Taunton Council89%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council87%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Crawley Borough Council86%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Herefordshire Council86%Yes2030March 8, 2019
West Suffolk Council85%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon84%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Boston Borough Council84%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Mid Devon District Council84%Yes2030June 26, 2019
London Borough of Redbridge84%Yes2050June 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Forest of Dean 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 Norfolk District Council91%NoNo targetNo
Wychavon District Council89%Yes2050No
South Holland District Council88%NoNo targetNo
East Devon District Council87%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Breckland District Council85%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council85%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Rutland County Council85%No2050No
Mid Suffolk District Council85%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)84%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Babergh District Council83%Yes2030July 23, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Forest of Dean 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

    fdean.gov.uk
    Forest of Dean District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Forest of Dean 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 Forest of Dean District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Forest of Dean District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/forest-of-dean-district-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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