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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

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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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

260.6 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.0 tCO2

per person

1.0 ktCO2

per km2

48%

Domestic

35%

Transport

7%

Industry

6%

Commercial

3%

Public Sector

1%

Agriculture

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 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%No2030July 9, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council87%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Woking Borough Council85%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead85%No2050June 26, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council84%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Bromley84%Yes2027No
Hertfordshire County Council83%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Surrey County Council83%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Blaby District Council82%Yes2030No
Hampshire County Council82%No2050June 17, 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
Blaby District Council95%Yes2030No
Castle Point Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Arun District Council93%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2038March 28, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council89%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council89%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council89%NoNo targetNo
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2038July 10, 2019
St Albans City and District Council88%No2030July 9, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council88%No2030July 19, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council99%No2030July 18, 2019
Maldon District Council98%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Castle Point Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Swale Borough Council97%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Medway Council96%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Colchester Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Basildon Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Chelmsford City Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Essex County Council95%Yes2030No
Tendring District Council95%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019

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
East Dunbartonshire Council98%Yes2045No
Surrey County Council98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Mole Valley District Council97%No2030June 18, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council97%No2050No
Oxfordshire County Council97%No2030April 2, 2019
Guildford Borough Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Horsham District Council97%Yes2050June 26, 2019
East Hampshire District Council97%No2050July 18, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council96%No2038April 10, 2019
Blaby District Council96%Yes2030No

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
South Gloucestershire Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Dacorum Council98%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council97%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Warwick District Council96%No2030June 26, 2019
Swansea City Council96%No2030June 27, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead96%No2050June 26, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council95%Yes2030No
Peterborough City Council95%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Darlington Borough Council95%Yes2050July 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.

    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

    rochford.gov.uk
    Rochford District Council’s official homepage.
    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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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Rochford District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/rochford-district-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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