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Rochford District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2030

“In July 2020, Rochford District Council made a commitment to work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030 for its own operations. ”

Climate documents

We couldn’t find any climate action plans for this council.

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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SectionRochford District CouncilAverage district council
Total score3%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
1/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
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
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

284.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.3 tCO2e

per capita

1.1 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 Rochford 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
St Albans City and District Council88%Yes2030July 9, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council88%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council85%Yes2035July 23, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council84%YesNo targetNo
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council84%Yes2030No
London Borough of Bromley84%Yes2029No
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames84%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Surrey County Council84%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Kent County Council83%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council83%Yes2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rochford 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
Castle Point Borough Council92%NoNo targetNo
East Sussex County Council89%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Kent County Council88%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Spelthorne Borough Council88%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Ashford Borough Council87%Yes2030No
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2030Aug. 29, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2038March 28, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council87%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Blaby District Council87%Yes2030No
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council87%Yes2030Dec. 4, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council99%No2030July 18, 2019
Maldon District Council98%Yes2030Feb. 4, 2021
Castle Point Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Basildon Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Chelmsford City Council95%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Essex County Council95%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Rochford 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
Guildford Borough Council99%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Blaby District Council97%Yes2030No
Tandridge District Council97%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Mole Valley District Council97%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames97%Yes2038June 25, 2019
East Dunbartonshire Council96%Yes2045No
Brentwood Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
East Renfrewshire Council96%Yes2040Aug. 13, 2020
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead96%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Eastleigh Borough Council96%Yes2025July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rochford 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
Dacorum Council98%Yes2050July 17, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Warwick District Council97%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Swansea City Council96%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Essex County Council96%No2030No
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead96%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Welwyn Hatfield Council95%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Peterborough City Council95%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Darlington Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Rochford 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

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

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