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London Borough of Hillingdon

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 16, 2020.

Council only pledge for 2030

“The Council will be carbon neutral 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 HillingdonAverage single tier council
Total score42%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
7/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
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
2/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1165.6 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.8 tCO2

per person

10.1 ktCO2

per km2

41%

Transport

31%

Domestic

17%

Commercial

6%

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 Hillingdon 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
Dartford Borough Council86%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Crawley Borough Council85%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Adur District Council83%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council83%NoNo targetNo
Basildon Borough Council83%Yes2030No
Rushmoor Borough Council82%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council80%Yes2030July 16, 2019
London Borough of Havering80%YesNo targetNo
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council79%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council79%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Hillingdon 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
Basildon Borough Council88%Yes2030No
Peterborough City Council87%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Dartford Borough Council86%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Colchester Borough Council85%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Cardiff Council84%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames84%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Bedford Borough Council84%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Milton Keynes84%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Crawley Borough Council83%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Swindon Borough Council83%Yes2030No
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
London Borough of Hounslow98%Yes2030No
London Borough of Ealing98%Yes2030April 2, 2019
London Borough of Harrow98%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Spelthorne Borough Council98%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Three Rivers District Council98%No2030May 21, 2019
Watford Borough Council98%No2030July 9, 2019
Slough Borough Council98%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Runnymede Borough Council97%NoNo targetOct. 17, 2019
London Borough of Brent97%No2030July 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Hillingdon 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
Broxbourne Borough Council93%NoNo targetNo
Reading Borough Council86%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
City of London86%No2027No
Cannock Chase District Council84%No2030July 17, 2019
Dartford Borough Council83%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Thurrock Council83%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Worthing Borough Council82%YesJuly 18, 2019
London Borough of Havering82%YesNo targetNo
Arun District Council79%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Tamworth Borough Council79%No2050Oct. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Hillingdon 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
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council99%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Cardiff Council99%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Belfast City Council97%YesNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Salford City Council96%No2038July 17, 2019
Middlesbrough Borough Council96%No2029Sept. 4, 2019
Dundee City Council96%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council96%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
City of Lincoln Council96%No2030July 23, 2019
Harlow Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

London Borough of Hillingdon 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

    hillingdon.gov.uk
    London Borough of Hillingdon’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check London Borough of Hillingdon’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 Hillingdon’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 Hillingdon. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/london-borough-of-hillingdon/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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