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Hart District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 1, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2040

“At its meeting in September 2019 Cabinet agreed to prepare a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan based on the Council becoming a net zero carbon emitter by 2040 at the latest.”

Climate documents

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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SectionHart District CouncilAverage district council
Total score23%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
3/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

392.6 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.0 tCO2e

per capita

1.8 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 Hart 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
Waverley Borough Council83%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council83%Yes2025April 11, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council83%Yes2030No
Wokingham Borough Council82%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Tandridge District Council82%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Surrey Heath Borough Council81%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council81%Yes2030July 17, 2019
West Berkshire Council80%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council80%Yes2050No
Mid Sussex District Council79%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Hart 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
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council94%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council90%Yes2040Aug. 13, 2020
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council87%YesNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2038July 10, 2019
St Albans City and District Council86%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council86%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Dacorum Council86%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2038March 28, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Rushmoor Borough Council98%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council98%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council97%Yes2050No
East Hampshire District Council97%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council96%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council95%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Waverley Borough Council95%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Hampshire County Council95%Yes2050June 17, 2019
Surrey County Council94%Yes2030July 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Hart 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
Wokingham Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Rushcliffe Borough Council96%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council96%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Waverley Borough Council95%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Harborough District Council93%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Isles of Scilly92%No2030April 11, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council91%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council89%Yes2030No
Rutland County Council89%Yes2050No
Mid Sussex District Council88%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Hart 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
Buckinghamshire Council98%Yes2050No
Dover District Council98%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council97%YesNo targetNo
Gloucestershire County Council95%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council94%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Wyre Council94%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Lichfield District Council94%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Fife Council94%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council94%Yes2030July 16, 2019
East Hampshire District Council93%Yes2050July 18, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Hart 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.

    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

    hart.gov.uk
    Hart District Council’s official homepage.
    @hartcouncil
    Hart District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Hart 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 Hart District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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