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South Staffordshire Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 10, 2019.

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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 Staffordshire CouncilAverage district council
Total score34%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
1/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

585.6 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.2 tCO2

per person

1.4 ktCO2

per km2

7%

Commercial

29%

Domestic

26%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

35%

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 Staffordshire 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
Derbyshire County Council78%Yes2032No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council74%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Central Bedfordshire Council73%No2030March 5, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council73%No2030July 16, 2019
Staffordshire County Council72%Yes2050July 25, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council72%No2030July 28, 2021
South Kesteven District Council72%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council72%No2030April 2, 2019
Stafford Borough Council71%No2040July 23, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council71%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to South Staffordshire 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
Derbyshire County Council87%Yes2032No
North Lincolnshire Council85%No2030No
Herefordshire Council85%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Mendip District Council84%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council83%NoNo targetNo
East Staffordshire Borough Council83%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Lincolnshire County Council82%Yes2050No
Shropshire Council - Unitary82%No2030May 16, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Norfolk County Council80%No2030No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Wolverhampton City Council99%No2028July 17, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council97%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Staffordshire County Council96%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council96%No2030July 17, 2019
Stafford Borough Council95%No2040July 23, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council94%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council94%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council93%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary89%No2030May 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Staffordshire 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
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council98%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council97%No2030July 16, 2019
East Devon District Council96%Yes2040July 24, 2019
New Forest District Council96%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Tewkesbury Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council95%No2040No
Broadland District Council95%No2050No
Hertfordshire County Council95%Yes2030July 16, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council94%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Selby District Council94%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to South Staffordshire 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
Teignbridge District Council96%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council95%No2030March 5, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council94%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority93%Yes2050No
North Lincolnshire Council92%No2030No
Vale of White Horse District Council92%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council90%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council90%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

South Staffordshire 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

    sstaffs.gov.uk
    South Staffordshire Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: South Staffordshire Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/south-staffordshire-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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