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Redcar and Cleveland Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on March 28, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“A motion passed by councillors in March declared a climate emergency and committed to attempting to make the Borough carbon neutral 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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SectionRedcar and Cleveland CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score40%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
7/18
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
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

829.3 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.0 tCO2

per person

3.3 ktCO2

per km2

13%

Commercial

24%

Domestic

35%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

24%

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 Redcar and Cleveland 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
High Peak Borough Council62%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
North Ayrshire Council60%No2030June 25, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council54%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council54%NoNo targetNo
North East Lincolnshire Council53%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council49%No2037July 16, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council47%Yes2030July 17, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council44%No2030No
Wrexham County Borough Council43%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Thanet District Council43%Yes2030July 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Redcar and Cleveland 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
High Peak Borough Council69%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
North Ayrshire Council65%No2030June 25, 2019
The Moray Council62%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council58%NoNo targetNo
Pembrokeshire County Council57%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Rutland County Council56%No2050No
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council56%Yes2040June 10, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council51%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Thanet District Council47%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Richmondshire District Council47%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Redcar and Cleveland Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Middlesbrough Borough Council96%No2029Sept. 4, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority95%NoNo targetNo
Hartlepool Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Hambleton District Council92%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Scarborough Borough Council92%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council88%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Redcar and Cleveland 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
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority98%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority97%No2038June 27, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council95%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council95%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Newport City Council94%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Norwich City Council94%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Derby City Council94%No2050May 23, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council94%No2037July 16, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council93%Yes2030July 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Redcar and Cleveland 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
Great Yarmouth Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council92%No2037July 16, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council91%Yes2050No
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council88%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council88%No2030March 5, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council87%No2030July 28, 2021
Tandridge District Council87%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
South Staffordshire Council86%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Isle of Wight Council85%No2030July 24, 2019
Tendring District Council85%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Redcar and Cleveland 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.

    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

    redcar-cleveland.gov.uk
    Redcar and Cleveland Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Redcar and Cleveland 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 Redcar and Cleveland Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Redcar and Cleveland Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/redcar-and-cleveland-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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