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Rossendale Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 25, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Working towards making the council’s activities net-zero carbon 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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SectionRossendale Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score17%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
5/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
3/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
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
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
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

341.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.8 tCO2

per person

2.5 ktCO2

per km2

6%

Commercial

35%

Domestic

23%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

34%

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 Rossendale Borough 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
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council78%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council74%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council74%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council72%No2030April 3, 2019
Ashfield District Council72%NoNo targetNo
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council71%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Kirklees Council71%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Pendle Borough Council69%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council69%No2030July 17, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council69%Yes2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rossendale Borough 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
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Rother District Council87%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council87%No2030No
Melton Borough Council87%No2030July 17, 2019
South Ayrshire Council82%No2045No
Derbyshire County Council82%Yes2032No
North East Derbyshire District Council81%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Herefordshire Council81%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Fife Council80%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council80%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Burnley Borough Council98%No2030July 10, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council97%No2038July 17, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council97%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2038Jan. 30, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rossendale Borough 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
Dover District Council96%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council95%Yes2030July 10, 2019
London Borough of Croydon94%YesNo targetJuly 15, 2019
Greater London Authority94%YesDec. 1, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council93%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council93%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council90%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council90%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
London Borough of Camden90%Yes2030April 8, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council90%No2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rossendale Borough 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
Burnley Borough Council98%No2030July 10, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council97%Yes2030April 3, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon97%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council97%Yes2030No
City of Edinburgh Council97%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Halton Borough Council97%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Rossendale Borough 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

    rossendale.gov.uk
    Rossendale Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Rossendale Borough 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 Rossendale Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Rossendale Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/rossendale-borough-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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