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London Borough of Camden

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on April 8, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“In November 2019, Camden Council formally declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency, recognising not only the threat of climate change but also the impact of irreversible damage to ecosystems, and committed to do everything it can to make Camden net zero carbon by 2030.”

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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SectionLondon Borough of CamdenAverage single tier council
Total score61%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
14/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
6/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

966.1 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.6 tCO2

per person

44.3 ktCO2

per km2

37%

Commercial

27%

Domestic

7%

Industry

15%

Public Sector

14%

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 London Borough of Camden 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
City of London82%No2027No
London Borough of Southwark79%No2050March 27, 2019
Westminster City Council78%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
London Borough of Tower Hamlets78%No2025July 17, 2019
Oxford City Council78%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham76%No2030July 17, 2019
Exeter City Council74%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Southampton City Council74%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
City of Lincoln Council73%No2030July 23, 2019
Cambridge City Council72%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Camden 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
City of London79%No2027No
Exeter City Council79%Yes2030July 23, 2019
London Borough of Southwark79%No2050March 27, 2019
London Borough of Tower Hamlets77%No2025July 17, 2019
Glasgow City Council76%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Manchester City Council75%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Oxford City Council74%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Nottingham City Council73%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Westminster City Council70%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth68%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with London Borough of Camden. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Westminster City Council100%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
London Borough of Islington99%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Greater London Authority99%YesDec. 1, 2019
London Borough of Haringey99%Yes2027March 18, 2019
City of London99%No2027No
London Borough of Barnet99%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Brent98%No2030July 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Camden 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
Gosport Borough Council95%Yes2050No
Cannock Chase District Council95%No2030July 17, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council92%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Westminster City Council92%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Dartford Borough Council91%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Falkirk Council91%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Arun District Council90%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Rossendale Borough Council89%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Dover District Council89%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council89%Yes2030July 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Camden 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
Westminster City Council100%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea100%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth100%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham100%No2030July 17, 2019
London Borough of Hackney100%Yes2040June 28, 2019
London Borough of Southwark100%No2050March 27, 2019
London Borough of Islington100%Yes2030June 27, 2019
London Borough of Tower Hamlets100%No2025July 17, 2019
London Borough of Newham100%Yes2050April 15, 2019
London Borough of Wandsworth100%Yes2050July 17, 2019

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

London Borough of Camden 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

    camden.gov.uk
    London Borough of Camden’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check London Borough of Camden’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 Camden’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 Camden. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/london-borough-of-camden/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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