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Richmondshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2030

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

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).”

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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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

261.0 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.9 tCO2

per person

0.2 ktCO2

per km2

37%

Transport

33%

Domestic

10%

Agriculture

9%

Commercial

7%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

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 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
South Lakeland District Council79%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council76%Yes2030No
Craven District Council75%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Scottish Borders Council73%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
East Riding of Yorkshire Council73%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Cumbria County Council72%Yes2050No
Shropshire Council - Unitary70%No2030May 16, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council69%Yes2045No
West Lindsey District Council69%Yes2050No
Harborough District Council69%No2030June 24, 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
Pembrokeshire County Council76%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council76%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Carlisle City Council73%No2030March 5, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council72%Yes2045No
Cumbria County Council70%Yes2050No
East Lindsey District Council69%Yes2040No
Shropshire Council - Unitary67%No2030May 16, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council67%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Rother District Council67%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council66%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Durham County Council93%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Craven District Council93%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Darlington Borough Council92%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council91%No2038April 10, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council90%Yes2030No
Bradford Metropolitan District Council89%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Pendle Borough Council89%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Hambleton District Council88%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council88%NoNo targetNo
North East Combined Authority88%NoNo targetNov. 5, 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
Hambleton District Council99%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Ribble Valley Borough Council99%No2030No
North Kesteven District Council99%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council99%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Shetland Islands Council98%YesNo targetJan. 22, 2020
Craven District Council97%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Leicestershire County Council97%No2030May 15, 2019
Wealden District Council96%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council96%No2030March 5, 2019

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
Babergh District Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
West Lindsey District Council96%Yes2050No
Pembrokeshire County Council95%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Rutland County Council95%No2050No
Derbyshire Dales District Council94%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Mid Devon District Council93%Yes2030June 26, 2019
South Norfolk District Council91%NoNo targetNo
Hambleton District Council90%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
South Hams District Council89%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council89%Yes2045No

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

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.

    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
    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.
    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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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Richmondshire District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/richmondshire-district-council/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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