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Stafford Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 23, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2040

“Join other Councils in declaring a Climate Emergency and work towards achieving our vision of carbon neutrality by 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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SectionStafford Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score37%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
2/18
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
0/5
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
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

564.9 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.1 tCO2

per person

0.9 ktCO2

per km2

39%

Transport

35%

Domestic

9%

Industry

7%

Commercial

5%

Public Sector

5%

Agriculture

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 Stafford 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
Oxfordshire County Council85%No2030April 2, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council85%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Wiltshire Council85%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Leicestershire County Council85%No2030May 15, 2019
Staffordshire County Council84%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Cherwell District Council84%No2030July 22, 2019
Worcestershire County Council84%Yes2030July 15, 2021
West Northamptonshire Council83%NoNo targetNo
Warwickshire County Council83%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)83%Yes2025May 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Stafford 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
Wiltshire Council91%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
East Lothian Council90%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
North Kesteven District Council89%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority88%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Denbighshire County Council86%No2030July 2, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council86%No2030April 2, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council86%Yes2050No
Vale of Glamorgan Council85%Yes2030July 29, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council85%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council84%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Stoke-on-Trent City Council97%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
Staffordshire County Council97%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council96%No2030April 3, 2019
South Staffordshire Council96%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council95%No2030July 17, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council95%No2028July 17, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council94%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council93%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Stafford 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
South Kesteven District Council99%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council99%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council96%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Cherwell District Council96%No2030July 22, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council96%No2045No
Selby District Council96%Yes2030No
Gloucestershire County Council96%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Lichfield District Council95%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Stafford 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
South Kesteven District Council97%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Boston Borough Council97%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
East Hertfordshire District Council96%Yes2030No
Bedford Borough Council96%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council96%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council96%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Fife Council95%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
East Suffolk Council95%No2030July 24, 2019
West Berkshire Council94%No2030July 2, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council94%No2030April 2, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Stafford 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.

    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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Stafford Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/stafford-borough-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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