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Sedgemoor District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on March 20, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“These documents have been created following the council's declaration of a Climate Emergency and its pledge to work with partners, individuals and community groups to identify ways to make Sedgemoor and Somerset carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”

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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Sedgemoor District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in three sections including Mitigation and adaptation.

SectionSedgemoor District CouncilAverage district council
Total score71%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
9.4/21
Section 2 · Top performer Mitigation and adaptation
18/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.5/5
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
5/5
1.5/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

591.9 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.8 tCO2e

per capita

1.0 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 Sedgemoor 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
Somerset County Council85%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Devon County Council80%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
North Devon Council78%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Mendip District Council77%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Dorset Council76%Yes2040May 16, 2019
South Somerset District Council72%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Worcestershire County Council72%Yes2050July 15, 2021
Somerset West and Taunton Council72%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Wychavon District Council71%Yes2050No
Vale of Glamorgan Council71%Yes2030July 29, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sedgemoor 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
Gravesham Borough Council89%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council89%Yes2030July 29, 2019
Swale Borough Council89%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Somerset County Council87%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
North Devon Council87%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council86%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Suffolk County Council84%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Mendip District Council83%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Torridge District Council83%Yes2030July 1, 2019
East Suffolk Council82%Yes2030July 24, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Somerset County Council96%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
North Somerset Council95%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
South Somerset District Council94%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Mendip District Council93%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sedgemoor 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
Lancaster City Council94%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council93%YesNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council92%NoNo targetNo
Newark and Sherwood District Council92%Yes2035July 16, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council92%Yes2030No
Lancashire County Council92%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
East Sussex County Council91%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council90%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Falkirk Council90%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
East Suffolk Council89%Yes2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sedgemoor 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
Wealden District Council98%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council96%NoNo targetNo
Dorset Council94%Yes2040May 16, 2019
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council93%NoNo targetNo
Wiltshire Council92%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council91%NoNo targetSept. 9, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council89%Yes2050No
Monmouthshire County Council89%Yes2030May 16, 2019
West Suffolk Council89%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council89%NoNo targetNo

Powers & Responsibilities

Sedgemoor 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

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

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