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Staffordshire County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 25, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2050

“In July 2019 we declared a climate change emergency to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 across every aspect of our service provision and estate.”

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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SectionStaffordshire County CouncilAverage county council
Total score25%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

2946.2 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.5 tCO2

per person

1.8 ktCO2

per km2

8%

Commercial

34%

Domestic

17%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

38%

Transport

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities. Data has been combined from constituent local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Staffordshire County 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
Leicestershire County Council89%No2030May 15, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council89%No2030April 3, 2019
Worcestershire County Council89%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Stafford Borough Council84%No2040July 23, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council84%Yes2030May 15, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council83%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
North East Derbyshire District Council83%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Fylde Borough Council83%NoNo targetNo
Amber Valley Borough Council83%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council82%No2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Staffordshire County 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
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council91%No2030April 3, 2019
Devon County Council90%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Leicestershire County Council90%No2030May 15, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council89%Yes2050No
Harborough District Council89%No2030June 24, 2019
Worcestershire County Council88%Yes2030July 15, 2021
East Ayrshire Council88%No2030No
Gloucestershire County Council88%Yes2030May 15, 2019
East Suffolk Council88%No2030July 24, 2019
Suffolk County Council87%Yes2030March 21, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cannock Chase District Council99%No2030July 17, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Stafford Borough Council96%No2040July 23, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council96%No2028July 17, 2019
South Staffordshire Council96%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Lichfield District Council96%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council95%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council94%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Birmingham City Council94%No2030June 11, 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council94%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Staffordshire County 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
Derbyshire County Council98%Yes2032No
Fylde Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
North East Derbyshire District Council95%Yes2030July 8, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council94%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Exeter City Council93%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council93%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Aberdeen City Council93%Yes2045No
London Borough of Bexley93%NoNo targetNo
High Peak Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Colchester Borough Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Staffordshire County 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
Leicestershire County Council99%No2030May 15, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council98%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Warwickshire County Council98%Yes2030July 25, 2019
West Sussex County Council97%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Lancashire County Council96%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Kent County Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Hampshire County Council96%No2050June 17, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council96%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council95%No2030April 10, 2019
Epping Forest District Council94%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Staffordshire County Council is a County Council, 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
    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.

    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.

    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 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

    staffordshire.gov.uk
    Staffordshire County Council’s official homepage.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Staffordshire County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/staffordshire-county-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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