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North Hertfordshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 21, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Most notably, in 2019, the Council passed a motion to declare a Climate Emergency, in this motion the Council pledged their commitment to do everything within its power to make North Hertfordshire Carbon Zero 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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SectionNorth Hertfordshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score31%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
11/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
8/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
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
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

557.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.2 tCO2e

per capita

1.5 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 North Hertfordshire 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
Hertfordshire County Council90%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Hampshire County Council88%Yes2050June 17, 2019
Kent County Council87%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Warwickshire County Council87%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Rochford District Council87%No2030No
Mid Sussex District Council86%YesNo targetNo
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council85%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Surrey County Council85%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council85%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Chelmsford City Council85%Yes2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Hertfordshire 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
Lewes District Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council93%Yes2030No
East Sussex County Council92%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Hampshire County Council92%Yes2050June 17, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council92%Yes2030July 16, 2019
West Sussex County Council91%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Kent County Council90%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council90%YesNo targetNo
East Devon District Council89%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council89%Yes2025July 18, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Stevenage Borough Council99%Yes2030June 12, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council97%Yes2030June 19, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030No
St Albans City and District Council96%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Luton Borough Council96%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
Central Bedfordshire Council96%Yes2030March 5, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council95%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council93%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Uttlesford District Council93%Yes2030July 30, 2019

These councils are the most similar to North Hertfordshire 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
Central Bedfordshire Council99%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Lichfield District Council97%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council97%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Warwick District Council97%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Chelmsford City Council97%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council97%Yes2030No
Bath and North East Somerset Council96%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council96%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to North Hertfordshire 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
Vale of Glamorgan Council97%Yes2030July 29, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council97%YesNo targetNo
North Somerset Council97%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council97%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council97%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council96%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council96%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council95%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Canterbury City Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council95%Yes2030April 3, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

North Hertfordshire 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

    north-herts.gov.uk
    North Hertfordshire District Council’s official homepage.
    @northhertsdc
    North Hertfordshire District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check North Hertfordshire 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 North Hertfordshire District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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