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Richmondshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 23, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Supporting and working with all other relevant agencies to ensure that the whole of Richmondshire achieves net-zero carbon (production and consumption) within the same timescale (2030).”

Council only pledge for 2030

“Making the council’s own activities net-zero carbon by 2030, both production and consumption.”

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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SectionRichmondshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score36%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
17/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
1/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
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
1/4
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

297.4 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.5 tCO2e

per capita

0.2 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 Richmondshire 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
North Yorkshire County Council69%Yes2030No
South Lakeland District Council68%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Craven District Council67%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council66%Yes2030No
Rutland County Council64%Yes2050No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council63%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
West Lindsey District Council62%Yes2050No
East Lothian Council61%Yes2045Aug. 27, 2019
Cumbria County Council61%Yes2050No
Stirling Council61%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Richmondshire 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
East Lindsey District Council78%Yes2040No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council78%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
West Lancashire Borough Council77%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council75%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Northumberland Council72%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Angus Council72%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
Wychavon District Council71%Yes2050No
Scarborough Borough Council71%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Wyre Council71%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council70%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Durham County Council92%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Craven District Council92%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Darlington Borough Council91%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council90%Yes2038April 10, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council90%Yes2030No
Hambleton District Council87%Yes2034Dec. 14, 2021
Eden District Council85%No2030July 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Richmondshire 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
Aberdeenshire Council96%No2045No
Craven District Council91%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Stirling Council83%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Hambleton District Council82%Yes2034Dec. 14, 2021
South Lakeland District Council81%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council80%Yes2045No
North Yorkshire County Council78%Yes2030No
Cotswold District Council78%YesNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council77%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council74%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Richmondshire 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
West Devon Borough Council84%Yes2030May 21, 2019
The Moray Council83%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Ryedale District Council83%Yes2050Oct. 10, 2019
Craven District Council81%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Hambleton District Council78%Yes2034Dec. 14, 2021
Pembrokeshire County Council78%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Aberdeenshire Council78%No2045No
Gwynedd County Council78%Yes2030March 7, 2019
South Lakeland District Council77%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
West Lindsey District Council77%Yes2050No

Powers & Responsibilities

Richmondshire 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

    richmondshire.gov.uk
    Richmondshire District Council’s official homepage.
    @richmondshiredc
    Richmondshire District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Richmondshire 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 Richmondshire District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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