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Monmouthshire County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 16, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Carbon emissions from fossil fuels are one of the main causes of climate change and as a council we are striving to become carbon neutral by 2030.”

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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SectionMonmouthshire County CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score42%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
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
2/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

562.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.9 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 Monmouthshire County 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
Shropshire Council - Unitary78%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Mendip District Council77%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Somerset County Council77%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Dorset Council76%Yes2040May 16, 2019
Devon County Council76%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
South Somerset District Council75%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Denbighshire County Council74%Yes2030July 2, 2019
North Devon Council73%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council73%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Flintshire County Council73%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Monmouthshire County 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
Bassetlaw District Council92%NoNo targetNo
Stratford-on-Avon District Council86%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Lichfield District Council85%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
West Lindsey District Council85%Yes2050No
Babergh District Council85%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Flintshire County Council84%NoNo targetNo
South Derbyshire District Council84%Yes2030June 27, 2019
North Warwickshire Borough Council84%No2030Oct. 22, 2019
South Kesteven District Council83%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Gwynedd County Council82%Yes2030March 7, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Torfaen County Borough Council96%NoNo targetJune 25, 2019
Newport City Council96%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council94%Yes2030Sept. 28, 2020
Bristol City Council94%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Herefordshire Council93%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council93%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
South Gloucestershire Council91%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Powys County Council85%No2030July 30, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Monmouthshire County 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
Shropshire Council - Unitary95%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Mid Devon District Council93%Yes2030June 26, 2019
West Suffolk Council91%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Mendip District Council91%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
South Somerset District Council88%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Breckland District Council88%No2035Sept. 19, 2019
Devon County Council87%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council86%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
South Holland District Council86%YesNo targetNo
Herefordshire Council86%Yes2030March 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Monmouthshire County 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
Lincolnshire County Council94%Yes2050No
Dorset Council94%Yes2040May 16, 2019
Devon County Council93%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council90%NoNo targetSept. 9, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council90%NoNo targetNo
Wiltshire Council90%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Wealden District Council89%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council88%Yes2030March 20, 2019
West Suffolk Council87%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council85%Yes2025April 11, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Monmouthshire County Council is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    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.

    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
    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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    monmouthshire.gov.uk
    Monmouthshire County Council’s official homepage.
    @monmouthshirecc
    Monmouthshire County Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Monmouthshire County 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 Monmouthshire County Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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