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Huntingdonshire District Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Whole area pledge for 2040

“The aspiration is of a net zero carbon Huntingdonshire by 2040 to be delivered through sustainable place making. This will be achieved through strong economic growth with strong environmental principles, good design of our homes and infrastructure, health and biodiversity net gain at the core of our agenda to ensure our residents thrive now, and in the future.”

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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Huntingdonshire District 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.

SectionHuntingdonshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
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

945.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

5.3 tCO2

per person

1.0 ktCO2

per km2

52%

Transport

26%

Domestic

12%

Industry

4%

Commercial

3%

Public Sector

2%

Agriculture

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 Huntingdonshire 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
East Cambridgeshire District Council83%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council81%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council81%Yes2050May 14, 2019
South Norfolk District Council78%NoNo targetNo
North West Leicestershire District Council77%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Lichfield District Council75%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council74%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Cotswold District Council74%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Babergh District Council74%Yes2030July 23, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council74%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Huntingdonshire 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
East Cambridgeshire District Council82%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council80%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Lichfield District Council79%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Uttlesford District Council79%Yes2030July 30, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council78%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council78%Yes2030June 27, 2019
South Norfolk District Council78%NoNo targetNo
Cotswold District Council77%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council75%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council73%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Suffolk County Council98%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Peterborough City Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council96%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Bedford Borough Council95%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Fenland District Council95%NoNo targetNo
South Cambridgeshire District Council95%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Cambridge City Council94%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council94%No2030July 28, 2021
North Hertfordshire District Council94%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council94%No2030July 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Huntingdonshire 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
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council98%No2030July 16, 2019
Wiltshire Council98%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Orkney Islands Council98%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
New Forest District Council98%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Selby District Council98%Yes2030No
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council98%Yes2025July 18, 2019
South Norfolk District Council98%NoNo targetNo
Melton Borough Council97%No2030July 17, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council97%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council97%Yes2030July 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Huntingdonshire 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
Newark and Sherwood District Council98%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Rushcliffe Borough Council94%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Horsham District Council94%Yes2050June 26, 2019
North Kesteven District Council94%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Copeland Borough Council93%Yes2050No
Clackmannanshire Council88%NoNo targetAug. 19, 2021
Cambridgeshire County Council88%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Harborough District Council88%No2030June 24, 2019
Selby District Council87%Yes2030No
Ribble Valley Borough Council87%No2030No

Powers & Responsibilities

Huntingdonshire 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Huntingdonshire District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/huntingdonshire-district-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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