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Pendle Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2030

“We have a target for Pendle Council to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and we’re working to reduce our carbon footprint year on year. ”

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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SectionPendle Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score30%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
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
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

384.6 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.2 tCO2e

per capita

2.3 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 Pendle 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
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council88%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council86%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Kirklees Council84%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council79%No2030Aug. 29, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council79%Yes2038Feb. 24, 2020
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council79%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council79%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Darlington Borough Council78%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Sunderland City Council78%Yes2030March 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Pendle 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
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Stroud District Council91%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Caerphilly County Borough Council90%Yes2030June 4, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council89%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Falkirk Council88%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Fife Council86%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council85%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council85%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Leicestershire County Council85%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Fylde Borough Council84%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Burnley Borough Council98%No2030July 10, 2019
Craven District Council95%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council94%Yes2030No
Bradford Metropolitan District Council93%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Pendle 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
Peterborough City Council99%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040Sept. 19, 2019
Sunderland City Council97%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council96%Yes2037July 16, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Newport City Council94%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Mansfield District Council94%Yes2040March 5, 2019
Norwich City Council94%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
South Tyneside Council94%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority93%Yes2038July 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Pendle 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
East Dunbartonshire Council100%Yes2045No
Peterborough City Council99%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Swindon Borough Council98%Yes2030No
Swansea City Council98%Yes2030June 27, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council98%Yes2040Aug. 13, 2020
Tees Valley Combined Authority98%NoNo targetNo
Darlington Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Renfrewshire Council97%No2030June 27, 2019
Medway Council97%Yes2030April 25, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council97%Yes2030No

Powers & Responsibilities

Pendle Borough 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

    pendle.gov.uk
    Pendle Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @pendlebc
    Pendle Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Pendle 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 Pendle Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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