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Runnymede Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 17, 2019.

Climate pledges

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Climate documents

Last update: Sept. 27, 2021

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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Runnymede Borough Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionRunnymede Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
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

349.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.9 tCO2

per person

4.5 ktCO2

per km2

16%

Commercial

36%

Domestic

6%

Industry

9%

Public Sector

32%

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 Runnymede 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
Bracknell Forest Council84%Yes2050No
Welwyn Hatfield Council81%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames81%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Surrey County Council81%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council80%Yes2030No
Milton Keynes78%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Fareham Borough Council78%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council77%Yes2030June 20, 2019
London Borough of Bromley77%Yes2029No
Cheltenham Borough Council77%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Runnymede 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
Preston City Council86%No2030April 18, 2019
Aberdeen City Council79%Yes2045No
City of Edinburgh Council78%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council76%Yes2030June 19, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham76%No2030July 17, 2019
Reading Borough Council76%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council75%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council75%Yes2050No
West of England Combined Authority74%Yes2030July 1, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority74%No2041June 28, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Surrey County Council99%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Spelthorne Borough Council99%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Woking Borough Council99%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council98%No2030July 17, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead97%No2050June 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Runnymede 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
Three Rivers District Council97%No2030May 21, 2019
Chelmsford City Council97%Yes2030July 16, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council95%Yes2030No
Sevenoaks District Council94%Yes2030No
Broadland District Council94%No2050No
Central Bedfordshire Council94%No2030March 5, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council93%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Warwick District Council93%No2030June 26, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council93%Yes2030July 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Runnymede 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
Ashfield District Council100%NoNo targetNo
Erewash Borough Council100%No2050No
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council100%No2038July 17, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council100%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Adur District Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Woking Borough Council100%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Fareham Borough Council100%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council100%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Basildon Borough Council100%Yes2030No
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020

Powers & Responsibilities

Runnymede 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Runnymede Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/runnymede-borough-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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