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South Ribble Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 24, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“The borough sets a goal of rendering the borough carbon neutral by the year 2030. For avoidance of doubt, this goal means the borough shall produce no net carbon emissions by this date, taking into account of actions that have the effect of removing carbon from the environment.”

Climate documents

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 Ribble Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score60%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
13/18
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
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
4/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

545.2 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.9 tCO2e

per capita

4.8 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 South Ribble 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
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2038March 28, 2019
Erewash Borough Council81%No2050No
Fylde Borough Council79%NoNo targetNo
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council77%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Warrington Borough Council77%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council76%Yes2030No
Gedling Borough Council75%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council75%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Falkirk Council75%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council75%No2050Oct. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Ribble 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
Caerphilly County Borough Council90%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Pendle Borough Council89%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Stroud District Council86%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council84%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Maldon District Council83%Yes2030Feb. 4, 2021
Forest of Dean District Council83%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Falkirk Council82%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council81%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Leicestershire County Council80%Yes2030May 15, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Preston City Council98%No2030April 18, 2019
Chorley Council98%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Fylde Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council93%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to South Ribble 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 Merton97%Yes2030July 10, 2019
West Sussex County Council96%Yes2030April 5, 2019
London Borough of Bexley95%NoNo targetNo
Rushmoor Borough Council95%Yes2030June 20, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council94%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council94%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Kent County Council94%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council94%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Fylde Borough Council93%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Harrow93%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Ribble 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
Bracknell Forest Council100%Yes2050No
Redditch Borough Council99%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
London Borough of Bromley99%Yes2029No
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2025Sept. 11, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Dundee City Council99%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Wirral Council99%Yes2030July 15, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council99%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Glasgow City Council99%Yes2030May 16, 2019
London Borough of Enfield99%Yes2030July 8, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

South Ribble Borough 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

    southribble.gov.uk
    South Ribble Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @southribblebc
    South Ribble Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Ribble 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 South Ribble Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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