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Hampshire County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 17, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2050

“Hampshire County Council set a target to be carbon neutral by 2050, in line with national government.”

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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SectionHampshire County CouncilAverage county council
Total score53%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
15/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

2609.0 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

22.9 tCO2e

per capita

20.9 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 Hampshire 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
Hertfordshire County Council89%Yes2030July 16, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council88%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Warwickshire County Council87%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council86%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Kent County Council86%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council85%YesNo targetNo
Bath and North East Somerset Council84%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Surrey County Council84%Yes2030July 9, 2019
West Sussex County Council84%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council84%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Hampshire 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
Hertfordshire County Council98%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Kent County Council97%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Lewes District Council93%Yes2030July 15, 2019
West Sussex County Council92%Yes2030April 5, 2019
East Sussex County Council92%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council92%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council89%No2030Aug. 29, 2019
Essex County Council88%No2030No
Maidstone Borough Council88%Yes2030April 10, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council88%Yes2030No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Hampshire District Council98%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Winchester City Council98%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Portsmouth City Council98%Yes2030March 19, 2019
Havant Borough Council97%Yes2050No
Fareham Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Gosport Borough Council97%Yes2050No
Eastleigh Borough Council96%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council95%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Chichester District Council95%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Hart District Council95%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Hampshire 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
Oxfordshire County Council96%Yes2030April 2, 2019
City of York Council95%No2030March 11, 2019
North Somerset Council94%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
East Dunbartonshire Council93%Yes2045No
East Renfrewshire Council93%Yes2040Aug. 13, 2020
Lichfield District Council92%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council92%Yes2030March 14, 2019
London Borough of Sutton91%Yes2045July 22, 2019
London Borough of Bromley91%Yes2029No
Bromsgrove District Council91%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Hampshire 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
Lancashire County Council99%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council98%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Kent County Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Staffordshire County Council96%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Leicestershire County Council96%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Lewes District Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Warwickshire County Council95%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council95%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council95%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council94%Yes2030May 21, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Hampshire 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

    hants.gov.uk
    Hampshire County Council’s official homepage.
    @hantsconnect
    Hampshire County Council’s Twitter account.

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