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Ipswich Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 9, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Ipswich Borough Council declare a Climate Emergency and that the Council starts working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

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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SectionIpswich Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score51%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
6/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

378.8 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

2.8 tCO2e

per capita

9.4 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 Ipswich 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
London Borough of Enfield90%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Norwich City Council88%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Hastings Borough Council87%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Medway Council87%Yes2030April 25, 2019
Luton Borough Council87%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council85%No2030July 18, 2019
Basildon Borough Council84%Yes2030No
London Borough of Croydon83%YesNo targetJuly 15, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council83%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Greater London Authority83%YesDec. 1, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Ipswich 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
Luton Borough Council94%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
Brighton and Hove City Council92%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Eastleigh Borough Council92%Yes2025July 18, 2019
London Borough of Enfield91%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Watford Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Hastings Borough Council91%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
London Borough of Hounslow89%Yes2030No
Medway Council89%Yes2030April 25, 2019
London Borough of Redbridge89%Yes2050June 20, 2019
Greater London Authority89%YesDec. 1, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Mid Suffolk District Council97%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Babergh District Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
East Suffolk Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Ipswich 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
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council98%Yes2030May 23, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council95%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 30, 2019
Plymouth City Council94%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Council93%No2030March 28, 2019
Bristol City Council93%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Chesterfield Borough Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Kirklees Council93%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
North East Combined Authority93%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Ipswich 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
Stevenage Borough Council100%Yes2030June 12, 2019
Gosport Borough Council100%Yes2050No
Worthing Borough Council100%YesJuly 18, 2019
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames100%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Derby City Council100%Yes2050May 23, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council100%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council100%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Plymouth City Council100%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council100%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Norwich City Council100%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Ipswich 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.

    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

    ipswich.gov.uk
    Ipswich Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @IpswichGov
    Ipswich Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Ipswich 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 Ipswich Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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