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Guildford Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 23, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“As a result of this, the Council formally declared a climate emergency and set a goal for the borough to reach net zero emissions 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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SectionGuildford Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score39%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
7/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
17/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
1/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
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

728.4 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.9 tCO2e

per capita

2.7 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 Guildford 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
Chelmsford City Council86%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council83%Yes2050No
Mid Sussex District Council83%YesNo targetNo
Test Valley Borough Council82%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Warwick District Council82%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council80%Yes2030April 2, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council80%Yes2030No
West Berkshire Council80%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Warwickshire County Council79%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Surrey County Council79%Yes2030July 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Guildford 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
Winchester City Council88%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Chelmsford City Council87%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Warwick District Council83%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority83%Yes2050No
Cambridgeshire County Council82%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council82%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council81%YesNo targetNo
Buckinghamshire Council81%Yes2050No
Middlesbrough Borough Council80%Yes2029Sept. 4, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council80%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Woking Borough Council99%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Surrey County Council99%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Waverley Borough Council98%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council97%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Mole Valley District Council97%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Guildford 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
Rochford District Council99%No2030No
Blaby District Council98%Yes2030No
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead98%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Tandridge District Council96%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Mole Valley District Council96%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames96%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Stroud District Council96%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Brentwood Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
East Hampshire District Council96%Yes2050July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Guildford 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
Worcestershire County Council96%Yes2050July 15, 2021
Midlothian Council96%Yes2030Dec. 17, 2019
Mole Valley District Council95%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Swale Borough Council95%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council95%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council94%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)94%Yes2025May 22, 2019
Lewes District Council94%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council93%Yes2030July 29, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council93%Yes2030July 8, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Guildford 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

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

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