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Halton Borough Council

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Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 16, 2019.

Climate pledges

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Climate documents

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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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Halton Borough 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.

SectionHalton Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score0%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

607.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.7 tCO2

per person

6.7 ktCO2

per km2

12%

Commercial

28%

Domestic

23%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

34%

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 Halton 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
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council86%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council85%No2028July 17, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority85%No2038July 26, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council85%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council85%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
West Midlands Combined Authority84%No2041June 28, 2019
Derby City Council84%No2050May 23, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council84%No2038July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Halton 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
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Charnwood Borough Council91%Yes2030No
Boston Borough Council88%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Gravesham Borough Council87%No2030June 26, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council86%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council86%No2030March 21, 2019
Devon County Council86%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Basildon Borough Council85%Yes2030No
Colchester Borough Council85%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council85%No2030March 5, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Cheshire West and Chester Council97%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Warrington Borough Council96%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority96%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Liverpool City Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Halton 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
Hartlepool Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Preston City Council93%No2030April 18, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council91%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority90%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Inverclyde Council89%NoNo targetNo
Glasgow City Council88%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council88%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Halton 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
Chesterfield Borough Council100%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Cardiff Council100%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council100%Yes2030No
Elmbridge Borough Council99%No2030July 17, 2019
Oxford City Council99%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Sheffield City Council99%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority99%Yes2040April 28, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority99%No2041June 28, 2019
Sunderland City Council99%Yes2030March 27, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Halton Borough Council is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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
    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 collection and 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

    www3.halton.gov.uk
    Halton Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Halton 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 Halton Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    Cite this page

    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Halton Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/halton-borough-council/ [Accessed 25 Jun 2022].

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