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Slough Borough Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Whole area pledge

“Slough Borough Council has set a stretch target of borough-wide carbon neutrality by 2030, with an objective target of 2040.”

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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SectionSlough Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score66%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
17/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

575.4 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.8 tCO2

per person

17.7 ktCO2

per km2

25%

Commercial

28%

Domestic

28%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

15%

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 Slough 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
London Borough of Brent88%No2030July 8, 2019
London Borough of Waltham Forest87%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth85%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Harlow Council85%Yes2030July 11, 2019
London Borough of Hounslow85%Yes2030No
Royal Borough of Greenwich84%Yes2030June 26, 2019
London Borough of Lewisham84%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019
Portsmouth City Council84%No2030March 19, 2019
London Borough of Ealing83%Yes2030April 2, 2019
London Borough of Islington83%Yes2030June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Slough 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
Portsmouth City Council88%No2030March 19, 2019
Gosport Borough Council86%Yes2050No
London Borough of Brent86%No2030July 8, 2019
Royal Borough of Greenwich86%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Norwich City Council85%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council84%Yes2030July 10, 2019
London Borough of Wandsworth83%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Plymouth City Council83%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Leicester City Council82%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
London Borough of Lewisham82%Yes2030Feb. 27, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead98%No2050June 26, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon98%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Spelthorne Borough Council98%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council95%No2050No

These councils are the most similar to Slough 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
London Borough of Hounslow94%Yes2030No
Stevenage Borough Council94%No2030June 12, 2019
Harlow Council93%Yes2030July 11, 2019
London Borough of Waltham Forest90%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth89%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)85%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
London Borough of Brent85%No2030July 8, 2019
Crawley Borough Council84%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Isle of Wight Council84%No2030July 24, 2019
Boston Borough Council83%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Slough 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
London Borough of Croydon100%YesNo targetJuly 15, 2019
Nottingham City Council100%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
London Borough of Barnet100%NoNo targetNo
Liverpool City Council100%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Watford Borough Council100%No2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Sutton100%No2045July 22, 2019
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council100%No2030July 18, 2019
Manchester City Council100%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames100%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Birmingham City Council100%No2030June 11, 2019

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

Slough Borough 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Slough Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/slough-borough-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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