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London Borough of Hounslow

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on None.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Following the council’s June 2019 declaration of a climate emergency in Hounslow, a specialist consultancy, Eunomia Research and Consultancy Ltd were engaged to review the council’s current work in reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 alongside using such influence as it has to reduce wider emissions from across the borough as quickly as possible.”

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 HounslowAverage single tier council
Total score65%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

908.2 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.3 tCO2

per person

16.1 ktCO2

per km2

22%

Commercial

34%

Domestic

7%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

32%

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 Hounslow 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 Waltham Forest88%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019
Crawley Borough Council88%Yes2040July 17, 2019
London Borough of Brent86%No2030July 8, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth86%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Royal Borough of Greenwich85%Yes2030June 26, 2019
London Borough of Redbridge85%Yes2050June 20, 2019
Greater London Authority85%YesDec. 1, 2019
London Borough of Ealing85%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Slough Borough Council85%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Lewisham83%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Hounslow 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
Brighton and Hove City Council93%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Greater London Authority91%YesDec. 1, 2019
London Borough of Enfield90%No2030July 8, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council90%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Luton Borough Council89%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
London Borough of Redbridge89%Yes2050June 20, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council88%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames88%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Watford Borough Council87%No2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Waltham Forest86%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames99%Yes2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Ealing99%Yes2030April 2, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon98%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Spelthorne Borough Council98%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham98%No2030July 17, 2019
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Greater London Authority96%YesDec. 1, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Hounslow 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
Stevenage Borough Council95%No2030June 12, 2019
Slough Borough Council93%YesNo targetNo
Harlow Council92%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Crawley Borough Council88%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Isle of Wight Council88%No2030July 24, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)87%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth87%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Boston Borough Council87%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
London Borough of Waltham Forest85%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019
London Borough of Brent85%No2030July 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to London Borough of Hounslow 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
Leicester City Council100%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames100%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Manchester City Council100%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Luton Borough Council100%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
London Borough of Sutton100%No2045July 22, 2019
London Borough of Harrow100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Southampton City Council100%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Watford Borough Council100%No2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Barnet100%NoNo targetNo
Slough Borough Council100%YesNo targetNo

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

London Borough of Hounslow 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: London Borough of Hounslow. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/london-borough-of-hounslow/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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