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High Peak Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 15, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Make High Peak Borough Council carbon neutral in its internal operations and the services it delivers by 2030, and work with partners to achieve this target across High Peak.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022

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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High Peak Borough Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionHigh Peak Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score39%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

685.1 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

7.4 tCO2

per person

1.3 ktCO2

per km2

9%

Commercial

22%

Domestic

43%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

22%

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 High Peak 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
Redcar and Cleveland Council61%Yes2030March 28, 2019
North Ayrshire Council59%No2030June 25, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council55%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council52%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council50%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Rutland County Council48%No2050No
North East Lincolnshire Council47%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Wyre Council47%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Derbyshire County Council47%Yes2032No
West Lancashire Borough Council46%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to High Peak 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
North Ayrshire Council70%No2030June 25, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Council69%Yes2030March 28, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council64%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Rutland County Council58%No2050No
Allerdale Borough Council54%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council51%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council51%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
The Moray Council51%Yes2030June 27, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council50%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council49%Yes2030May 9, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2038March 28, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Kirklees Council94%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council93%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Sheffield City Council93%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council93%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Derbyshire County Council91%Yes2032No
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)89%Yes2025May 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to High Peak 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
East Lothian Council97%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council93%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council93%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council93%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Staffordshire County Council93%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Derbyshire County Council93%Yes2032No
Fylde Borough Council91%NoNo targetNo
Kent County Council91%Yes2030May 23, 2019
West Sussex County Council90%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council90%Yes2050May 14, 2019

These councils are the most similar to High Peak 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
Lancaster City Council95%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
New Forest District Council94%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
North Ayrshire Council94%No2030June 25, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council94%NoNo targetNo
Gloucestershire County Council94%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council93%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Fife Council93%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Derbyshire County Council93%Yes2032No
Buckinghamshire Council93%No2050No
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council93%Yes2025July 18, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

High Peak 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.

    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

    highpeak.gov.uk
    High Peak Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check High Peak 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 High Peak Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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