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Rushcliffe Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on March 7, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Approve a target date for the Council’s direct operations to become carbon neutral 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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Rushcliffe Borough Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Ecological emergency section.

SectionRushcliffe Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score46%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
14/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
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 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

629.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.3 tCO2

per person

1.5 ktCO2

per km2

12%

Commercial

30%

Domestic

8%

Industry

7%

Public Sector

43%

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 Rushcliffe 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
North Kesteven District Council70%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council70%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Harborough District Council69%No2030June 24, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council68%Yes2030June 26, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council67%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council66%No2030April 2, 2019
Winchester City Council65%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council65%Yes2050May 14, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council63%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
South Cambridgeshire District Council63%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rushcliffe 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
East Lothian Council79%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Chichester District Council74%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council70%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council70%No2030April 2, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority68%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council68%Yes2030May 23, 2019
West Suffolk Council68%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council66%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Stirling Council66%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Durham County Council65%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Nottingham City Council97%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Gedling Borough Council97%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Melton Borough Council96%No2030July 17, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council96%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council95%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Erewash Borough Council94%No2050No
Nottinghamshire County Council94%No2030May 27, 2021
North West Leicestershire District Council93%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Derbyshire County Council90%Yes2032No

These councils are the most similar to Rushcliffe 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
Waverley Borough Council99%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council98%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Hart District Council96%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Harborough District Council96%No2030June 24, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council94%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council93%Yes2030No
Uttlesford District Council92%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council91%YesNo targetNo
Isles of Scilly91%Yes2030April 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rushcliffe 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
Horsham District Council94%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council92%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council91%No2040No
Clackmannanshire Council91%NoNo targetNo
Bolsover District Council84%YesNo targetNo
Copeland Borough Council83%Yes2050No
North Kesteven District Council83%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Durham County Council82%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council79%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Harborough District Council77%No2030June 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Rushcliffe 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Rushcliffe Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/rushcliffe-borough-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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