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London Borough of Enfield

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2030

“Enfield Council will take a greater leadership role for the borough to acknowledge the threat that climate change poses and do all in its powers within its available financial resources to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2040

“Whilst the focus in this initial plan is on reducing the Council’s own emissions, additional emphasis is given to borough wide activities, such as transport, housing and green spaces, and we have a new ambition for a carbon neutral Enfield by 2040.”

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 EnfieldAverage single tier council
Total score46%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
12/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
8/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
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
2/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

900.5 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

2.7 tCO2

per person

11.0 ktCO2

per km2

43%

Domestic

33%

Transport

10%

Commercial

9%

Industry

5%

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 Enfield 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
Luton Borough Council91%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
London Borough of Croydon89%YesNo targetJuly 15, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council87%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Hastings Borough Council86%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Coventry City Council84%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Gosport Borough Council84%Yes2050No
Brighton and Hove City Council84%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council84%No2030July 18, 2019
Leicester City Council84%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Greater London Authority83%YesDec. 1, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Enfield 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
London Borough of Ealing94%Yes2030April 2, 2019
London Borough of Sutton93%No2045July 22, 2019
Luton Borough Council92%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
London Borough of Redbridge92%Yes2050June 20, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council92%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Hastings Borough Council91%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Eastleigh Borough Council90%Yes2025July 18, 2019
London Borough of Havering90%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Hounslow89%Yes2030No
Fareham Borough Council89%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
London Borough of Haringey99%Yes2027March 18, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council99%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Waltham Forest99%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019
London Borough of Hackney99%Yes2040June 28, 2019
London Borough of Islington99%Yes2030June 27, 2019
London Borough of Camden98%Yes2030April 8, 2019
London Borough of Barnet98%NoNo targetMay 24, 2022
City of London98%No2027No
London Borough of Tower Hamlets98%No2025July 17, 2019
Greater London Authority98%YesDec. 1, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Enfield 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
Bristol City Council93%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Coventry City Council92%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Plymouth City Council89%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council89%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Southampton City Council89%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
City of Lincoln Council88%No2030July 23, 2019
Luton Borough Council86%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council84%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Norwich City Council82%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Leicester City Council82%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Enfield 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
London Borough of Bexley99%NoNo targetNo
Reading Borough Council99%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Bristol City Council99%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Birmingham City Council99%No2030June 11, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council99%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council98%No2030July 18, 2019
Coventry City Council98%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council98%No2028July 17, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2030March 10, 2020
Liverpool City Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

London Borough of Enfield 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: London Borough of Enfield. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/london-borough-of-enfield/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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