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Maldon District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Feb. 4, 2021.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“To support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making Maldon Doistrict and its parishes net-zero carbon within the same timescale (2030).”

Council only pledge for 2030

“The aim to be a carbon neutral District Council by 2030 and ensure that all our strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to net-zero carbon by 2030.”

Climate documents

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

Maldon District Council 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.

SectionMaldon District CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

267.5 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.1 tCO2e

per capita

0.6 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Maldon District Council 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
Babergh District Council75%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Broadland District Council75%Yes2050No
Horsham District Council73%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Rother District Council72%Yes2030Sept. 16, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council72%Yes2030March 5, 2019
North Kesteven District Council72%Yes2030July 11, 2019
East Suffolk Council69%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Norfolk County Council69%No2030No
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council69%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council68%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Maldon District Council 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
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council93%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Stroud District Council90%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
East Suffolk Council89%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Caerphilly County Borough Council89%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council86%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
North Somerset Council85%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council85%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Pendle Borough Council85%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council85%Yes2030July 29, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council85%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018

These councils grographically border or overlap with Maldon District Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Rochford District Council98%No2030No
Colchester Borough Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Chelmsford City Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Braintree District Council96%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Essex County Council95%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Maldon District Council 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
South Norfolk District Council96%YesNo targetNo
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council93%Yes2030July 10, 2019
East Lothian Council93%Yes2045Aug. 27, 2019
Babergh District Council92%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council92%NoNo targetNo
East Devon District Council92%Yes2040July 24, 2019
West Sussex County Council91%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Selby District Council91%Yes2030No
Wiltshire Council90%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council90%Yes2030June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Maldon District Council 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
Harborough District Council96%Yes2030June 24, 2019
Selby District Council94%Yes2030No
Ribble Valley Borough Council91%Yes2030No
South Somerset District Council89%Yes2023May 21, 2019
North Kesteven District Council88%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Winchester City Council86%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Babergh District Council85%Yes2030July 23, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council85%Yes2030June 26, 2019
East Lothian Council84%Yes2045Aug. 27, 2019
Mid Devon District Council84%Yes2030June 26, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Maldon District Council is a Non-Metropolitan District, 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.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    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
    Waste collection

    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

    maldon.gov.uk
    Maldon District Council’s official homepage.
    @maldondc
    Maldon District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Maldon District Council’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 Maldon District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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