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Sevenoaks District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Council only pledge for 2030

“We have committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2030. This means that we have pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions produced by the Council and our assets by 2030.”

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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SectionSevenoaks District CouncilAverage district council
Total score54%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
14/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

465.2 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.9 tCO2e

per capita

1.3 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 Sevenoaks 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
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council85%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Tandridge District Council84%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council83%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Wealden District Council82%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Mole Valley District Council80%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Warwickshire County Council80%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council79%Yes2050No
Broadland District Council78%Yes2050No
West Berkshire Council78%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Kent County Council76%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sevenoaks 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
Three Rivers District Council87%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Copeland Borough Council86%Yes2050No
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead86%Yes2050June 26, 2019
St Albans City and District Council85%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Mole Valley District Council85%Yes2030June 18, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council85%Yes2030No
Bromsgrove District Council83%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Fylde Borough Council83%NoNo targetNo
Elmbridge Borough Council83%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Tandridge District Council81%No2030Feb. 13, 2020

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
London Borough of Bromley98%Yes2029No
Dartford Borough Council98%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Bexley97%NoNo targetNo
Tandridge District Council97%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Kent County Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council96%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Wealden District Council96%Yes2050July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sevenoaks 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
Warwickshire County Council99%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Chelmsford City Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council96%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Lichfield District Council96%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council96%Yes2030March 5, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Three Rivers District Council96%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council96%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Sevenoaks 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
Ards and North Down Borough Council95%NoNo targetFeb. 27, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council92%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council92%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council92%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council91%Yes2030July 17, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council91%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
Braintree District Council91%Yes2030July 22, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council90%Yes2030No
West Suffolk Council90%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Sevenoaks 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

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

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