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South Norfolk District Council

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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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SectionSouth Norfolk District CouncilAverage district council
Total score41%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
4/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
12/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
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
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

802.3 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.7 tCO2

per person

0.9 ktCO2

per km2

6%

Commercial

25%

Domestic

14%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

50%

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 South Norfolk 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
Babergh District Council80%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council77%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council77%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council73%No2040No
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority71%Yes2050No
North Kesteven District Council71%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Breckland District Council71%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Norfolk County Council71%No2030No
Wiltshire Council71%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Broadland District Council70%No2050No

These councils are the most similar to South Norfolk 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
Wiltshire Council88%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council85%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council84%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council83%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority82%Yes2050No
Teignbridge District Council79%Yes2025April 18, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council79%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council78%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council78%NoNo targetNo
West Northamptonshire Council77%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Norwich City Council98%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Broadland District Council98%No2050No
Mid Suffolk District Council96%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Suffolk Council96%No2030July 24, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Norfolk County Council95%No2030No
Breckland District Council94%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Norfolk 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
Maldon District Council96%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
East Devon District Council95%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council95%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Selby District Council95%Yes2030No
Huntingdonshire District Council94%No2040No
East Cambridgeshire District Council94%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Wiltshire Council94%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council93%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council92%Yes2025July 18, 2019
South Staffordshire Council92%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Norfolk 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
South Holland District Council94%NoNo targetNo
East Devon District Council92%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)92%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council91%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Rutland County Council91%No2050No
Babergh District Council89%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Wychavon District Council89%Yes2050No
South Somerset District Council88%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary87%No2030May 16, 2019
East Lindsey District Council85%Yes2040No

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

South Norfolk 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.

    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

    south-norfolk.gov.uk
    South Norfolk District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Norfolk 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 South Norfolk District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: South Norfolk District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/south-norfolk-district-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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