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London Borough of Bexley

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Climate emergency declaration

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Climate documents

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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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London Borough of Bexley 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.

SectionLondon Borough of BexleyAverage single tier council
Total score0%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

752.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.0 tCO2

per person

11.7 ktCO2

per km2

40%

Domestic

32%

Transport

14%

Commercial

11%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

0%

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 London Borough of Bexley 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 Merton89%No2030July 10, 2019
London Borough of Sutton86%No2045July 22, 2019
London Borough of Havering85%YesNo targetNo
Watford Borough Council84%No2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Harrow83%Yes2030July 18, 2019
London Borough of Barnet83%NoNo targetMay 24, 2022
Castle Point Borough Council83%NoNo targetNo
Gosport Borough Council82%Yes2050No
Brighton and Hove City Council82%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Broxbourne Borough Council82%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Bexley 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
Broxbourne Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Merton89%No2030July 10, 2019
London Borough of Ealing88%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2030March 10, 2020
London Borough of Enfield86%No2030July 8, 2019
Crawley Borough Council86%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2038July 17, 2019
London Borough of Lewisham86%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019
Wirral Council85%No2030July 15, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council85%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Kent County Council99%Yes2030May 23, 2019
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham99%No2030Jan. 30, 2020
Royal Borough of Greenwich99%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Dartford Borough Council98%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
London Borough of Newham98%Yes2050April 15, 2019
London Borough of Bromley98%Yes2027No
London Borough of Havering98%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Redbridge98%Yes2050June 20, 2019
London Borough of Lewisham98%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019
London Borough of Tower Hamlets98%No2025July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Bexley 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
London Borough of Barnet91%NoNo targetMay 24, 2022
Oxford City Council89%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
London Borough of Harrow88%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Exeter City Council87%Yes2030July 23, 2019
London Borough of Merton86%No2030July 10, 2019
Cambridge City Council85%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council84%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Watford Borough Council82%No2030July 9, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council82%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Worthing Borough Council82%YesJuly 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Bexley 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
Reading Borough Council99%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
London Borough of Enfield99%No2030July 8, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council99%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Bristol City Council99%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Birmingham City Council99%No2030June 11, 2019
Coventry City Council98%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council98%No2028July 17, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2030March 10, 2020
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council98%No2030July 18, 2019
Liverpool City Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

London Borough of Bexley is a London Borough, 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.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    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
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    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

    bexley.gov.uk
    London Borough of Bexley’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check London Borough of Bexley’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 London Borough of Bexley’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    Cite this page

    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: London Borough of Bexley. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/london-borough-of-bexley/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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