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Stevenage Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 12, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“On the 12 June 2019, we declared a climate emergency and reconfirmed our commitment to battling climate change by setting a target to ensure Stevenage has net-zero emissions by 2030.”

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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SectionStevenage Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score37%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
7/18
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
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
4/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

340.8 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.9 tCO2

per person

13.1 ktCO2

per km2

20%

Commercial

31%

Domestic

14%

Industry

8%

Public Sector

27%

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 Stevenage 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
Harlow Council88%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Slough Borough Council82%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Ealing79%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Portsmouth City Council78%No2030March 19, 2019
London Borough of Brent77%No2030July 8, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham77%No2030July 17, 2019
Crawley Borough Council77%Yes2040July 17, 2019
London Borough of Lambeth76%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Royal Borough of Greenwich76%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council75%Yes2030July 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Stevenage 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
Gloucester City Council88%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority84%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Harlow Council79%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Portsmouth City Council77%No2030March 19, 2019
City of Lincoln Council77%No2030July 23, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council77%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Cardiff Council76%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Torbay Council76%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Norwich City Council75%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council75%Yes2030June 26, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North Hertfordshire District Council99%Yes2030May 21, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Stevenage 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
Harlow Council98%Yes2030July 11, 2019
London Borough of Hounslow95%Yes2030No
Slough Borough Council93%YesNo targetNo
Crawley Borough Council90%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)84%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Isle of Wight Council84%No2030July 24, 2019
Boston Borough Council83%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
London Borough of Lambeth83%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
London Borough of Waltham Forest82%NoNo targetApril 25, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council81%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018

These councils are the most similar to Stevenage 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
Gosport Borough Council100%Yes2050No
Ipswich Borough Council100%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Worthing Borough Council100%YesJuly 18, 2019
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames100%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Derby City Council100%No2050May 23, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council100%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Plymouth City Council100%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Brighton and Hove City Council100%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council100%No2030March 21, 2019
Norwich City Council100%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Stevenage 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Stevenage Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/stevenage-borough-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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