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Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 11, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2025

“In July 2019, the Council committed to becoming a Green New Deal Council, setting targets of carbon neutrality for the Council by 2025.”

Whole area pledge for 2030

“In July 2019, the Council committed to becoming a Green New Deal Council, setting targets of carbon neutrality for the Council by 2025 and for the borough 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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SectionOldham Metropolitan Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score34%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
3/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
2/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
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

744.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.1 tCO2

per person

5.2 ktCO2

per km2

10%

Commercial

42%

Domestic

16%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

28%

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 Oldham Metropolitan Borough 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
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2038July 17, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council90%No2028July 17, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council90%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council89%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority89%No2038July 26, 2019
Salford City Council88%No2038July 17, 2019
Halton Borough Council86%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
South Tyneside Council85%No2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oldham Metropolitan Borough 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
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2038July 17, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Redditch Borough Council90%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority88%No2038July 26, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council88%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council88%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council88%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Wolverhampton City Council87%No2028July 17, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council97%No2038July 17, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Manchester City Council95%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority95%No2038July 26, 2019
High Peak Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Kirklees Council93%No2038Jan. 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oldham Metropolitan Borough 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
Hyndburn Borough Council98%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority95%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council95%No2028July 17, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council93%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Burnley Borough Council93%No2030July 10, 2019
Preston City Council92%No2030April 18, 2019
Halton Borough Council91%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2038July 17, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council90%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Oldham Metropolitan Borough 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
Wirral Council100%No2030July 15, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Dundee City Council100%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Glasgow City Council100%Yes2030May 16, 2019
London Borough of Enfield99%No2030July 8, 2019
London Borough of Bromley99%Yes2029No
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council99%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Basildon Borough Council99%Yes2030No
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Fareham Borough Council99%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council is a 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.

    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.

    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

    oldham.gov.uk
    Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Oldham Metropolitan Borough 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 Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/oldham-metropolitan-borough-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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