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Forest of Dean District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2030

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

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Make the Forest of Dean District 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

373.0 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.3 tCO2

per person

0.7 ktCO2

per km2

33%

Domestic

32%

Transport

26%

Industry

5%

Agriculture

3%

Commercial

2%

Public Sector

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
South Somerset District Council82%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Mendip District Council81%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Somerset County Council81%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
Herefordshire Council80%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Devon County Council78%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
South Holland District Council78%NoNo targetNo
Malvern Hills District Council76%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Wychavon District Council76%Yes2050No
Shropshire Council - Unitary76%No2030May 16, 2019
Mid Devon District Council75%Yes2030June 26, 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 Council84%No2030July 17, 2019
Maldon District Council84%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
North East Derbyshire District Council83%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Caerphilly County Borough Council82%Yes2030June 4, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Pendle Borough Council81%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council81%No2030No
North Lincolnshire Council80%Yes2030No
Fife Council79%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
East Suffolk Council79%No2030July 24, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Stroud District Council96%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Gloucester City Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Herefordshire Council93%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council93%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council93%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council92%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council92%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Worcester City Council92%No2030July 16, 2019
Bristol City Council91%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018

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
Ryedale District Council95%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Gwynedd County Council95%No2030March 7, 2019
Eden District Council94%No2030July 11, 2019
Herefordshire Council93%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Ceredigion County Council89%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Dumfries and Galloway Council89%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Boston Borough Council88%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Mendip District Council88%Yes2030Feb. 25, 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
The Moray Council97%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council95%Yes2025June 27, 2019
South Norfolk District Council94%NoNo targetNo
East Lindsey District Council93%Yes2040No
Wychavon District Council92%Yes2050No
South Holland District Council91%NoNo targetNo
Perth and Kinross Council91%No2045No
Breckland District Council91%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council91%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
East Devon District Council91%Yes2040July 24, 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 26 Sep 2022].

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