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Rutland County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2050

“Make sure the Council’s activities achieve a net-zero carbon footprint before 2050.”

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

Rutland County 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.

SectionRutland County CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score0%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

335.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

8.4 tCO2

per person

0.9 ktCO2

per km2

9%

Commercial

19%

Domestic

22%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

47%

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 Rutland County 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
Richmondshire District Council67%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council66%Yes2030May 30, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council64%Yes2030No
Ribble Valley Borough Council63%No2030No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council63%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
South Lakeland District Council62%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Selby District Council60%Yes2030No
West Oxfordshire District Council60%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Harborough District Council59%No2030June 24, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council59%Yes2025April 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rutland County 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 Devon Borough Council74%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Richmondshire District Council73%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council70%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council69%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Northumberland Council67%Yes2030June 11, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council65%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
East Lindsey District Council65%Yes2040No
North Ayrshire Council64%No2030June 25, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council64%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council64%Yes2030May 21, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Kesteven District Council96%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Melton Borough Council96%No2030July 17, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council96%No2030July 28, 2021
Harborough District Council94%No2030June 24, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council93%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Rutland County 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 Council95%No2030June 24, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council93%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Uttlesford District Council93%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Isles of Scilly92%Yes2030April 11, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council92%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Rushcliffe Borough Council91%Yes2030March 7, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council90%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Waverley Borough Council90%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Hart District Council89%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council88%Yes2025April 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Rutland County 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
Babergh District Council92%Yes2030July 23, 2019
South Norfolk District Council91%NoNo targetNo
South Holland District Council90%NoNo targetNo
Cornwall Council (Unitary)88%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
East Lindsey District Council88%Yes2040No
South Somerset District Council88%Yes2023May 21, 2019
West Lindsey District Council87%Yes2050No
East Ayrshire Council87%No2030No
Mid Devon District Council86%Yes2030June 26, 2019
East Devon District Council86%Yes2040July 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Rutland County Council is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    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.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    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
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    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

    rutland.gov.uk
    Rutland County Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Rutland County 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 Rutland County Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    Cite this page

    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Rutland County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/rutland-county-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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