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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

556.0 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.6 tCO2

per person

1.4 ktCO2

per km2

39%

Transport

33%

Domestic

17%

Commercial

6%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

2%

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 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
Harborough District Council72%No2030June 24, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council70%Yes2025April 11, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council70%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council68%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council68%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Uttlesford District Council67%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Broadland District Council66%No2050No
Central Bedfordshire Council65%No2030March 5, 2019
Hart District Council65%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council65%Yes2030June 26, 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
West Suffolk Council75%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Rother District Council73%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council71%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council70%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council69%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council68%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council68%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Suffolk County Council66%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Carlisle City Council66%No2030March 5, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council65%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Nottingham City Council98%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Gedling Borough Council97%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Melton Borough Council97%No2030July 17, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council96%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council96%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Leicester City Council95%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Ashfield District Council95%NoNo targetNo
Erewash Borough Council95%No2050No
Mansfield District Council95%No2040March 5, 2019

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
Harborough District Council99%No2030June 24, 2019
Rutland County Council99%No2050No
Waverley Borough Council99%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council99%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Hart District Council96%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council95%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Isles of Scilly93%Yes2030April 11, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council93%Yes2030No
Mid Sussex District Council92%YesNo targetNo

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 Council96%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council95%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Copeland Borough Council95%Yes2050No
Huntingdonshire District Council94%No2040No
Clackmannanshire Council93%NoNo targetAug. 19, 2021
North Kesteven District Council90%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Bolsover District Council88%YesNo targetNo
Durham County Council87%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council84%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Selby District Council84%Yes2030No

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 26 Sep 2022].

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