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Rother District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 16, 2019.

Climate pledge for 2030

“In September 2019, Rother District Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.”

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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SectionRother District CouncilAverage district council
Total score22%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
5/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
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
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

441.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.6 tCO2e

per capita

0.9 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 Rother 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
Norfolk County Council78%No2030No
South Holland District Council76%YesNo targetNo
East Suffolk Council76%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Ashford Borough Council75%Yes2030No
Lincolnshire County Council74%Yes2050No
Suffolk County Council72%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Breckland District Council72%No2035Sept. 19, 2019
Maldon District Council71%Yes2030Feb. 4, 2021
Babergh District Council71%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Dorset Council70%Yes2040May 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rother 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
Melton Borough Council92%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council88%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council87%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Herefordshire Council85%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council85%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
East Ayrshire Council84%Yes2030No
South Holland District Council84%YesNo targetNo
West Oxfordshire District Council84%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council84%Yes2030No
Fife Council83%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Hastings Borough Council99%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
East Sussex County Council97%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Ashford Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Wealden District Council96%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Kent County Council90%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rother 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
Midlothian Council91%Yes2030Dec. 17, 2019
Breckland District Council91%No2035Sept. 19, 2019
South Somerset District Council90%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Somerset County Council90%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Ashford Borough Council89%Yes2030No
Norfolk County Council89%No2030No
Thurrock Council89%Yes2022Oct. 23, 2019
Devon County Council88%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Dartford Borough Council88%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council88%Yes2030May 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rother 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
Norfolk County Council98%No2030No
Somerset County Council97%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Chichester District Council93%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Wiltshire Council89%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Wychavon District Council88%Yes2050No
East Devon District Council88%Yes2040July 24, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council88%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Dorset Council87%Yes2040May 16, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary86%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)85%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Rother 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

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

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