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Horsham District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 26, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2050

“We have two key targets on carbon emissions: 1. By 2030: An aspiration to make our direct emissions carbon-neutral. 2. By 2050: Make our indirect emissions carbon-neutral. ”

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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SectionHorsham District CouncilAverage district council
Total score30%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
2/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

675.8 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.7 tCO2

per person

1.3 ktCO2

per km2

6%

Commercial

33%

Domestic

16%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

43%

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 Horsham 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
Winchester City Council78%Yes2024June 5, 2019
North Kesteven District Council78%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council78%Yes2030July 15, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council78%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Harborough District Council77%No2030June 24, 2019
Broadland District Council77%No2050No
Maldon District Council75%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Wealden District Council75%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council74%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council74%No2040No

These councils are the most similar to Horsham 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
Broadland District Council93%No2050No
Wealden District Council92%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council92%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Dorset Council90%No2040May 16, 2019
New Forest District Council88%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Mid Sussex District Council88%YesNo targetNo
East Hertfordshire District Council88%Yes2030No
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council87%Yes2025July 18, 2019
West Berkshire Council87%No2030July 2, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council86%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
West Sussex County Council99%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Adur District Council98%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Crawley Borough Council97%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Mole Valley District Council97%No2030June 18, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council97%YesNo targetNo
Arun District Council96%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Brighton and Hove City Council96%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Waverley Borough Council96%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Chichester District Council95%Yes2025July 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Horsham 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
Mole Valley District Council98%No2030June 18, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council98%No2050No
Tandridge District Council98%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
East Hampshire District Council97%No2050July 18, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Stroud District Council96%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Surrey County Council95%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Rochford District Council95%Yes2030No
Bracknell Forest Council95%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Horsham 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
Rushcliffe Borough Council94%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council91%No2040No
Newark and Sherwood District Council91%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council91%NoNo targetNo
North Kesteven District Council86%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Copeland Borough Council85%Yes2050No
Selby District Council82%Yes2030No
Harborough District Council81%No2030June 24, 2019
Maldon District Council78%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
North Warwickshire Borough Council78%No2030Oct. 22, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Horsham 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.

    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

    horsham.gov.uk
    Horsham District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Horsham 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 Horsham District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Horsham District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/horsham-district-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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