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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Last update: Sept. 27, 2021

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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SectionStockton-on-Tees Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score43%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
7/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
15/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

972.6 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.9 tCO2

per person

4.6 ktCO2

per km2

31%

Transport

29%

Domestic

27%

Industry

8%

Commercial

4%

Public Sector

1%

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 Stockton-on-Tees 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
Tees Valley Combined Authority89%NoNo targetNo
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council84%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority83%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Darlington Borough Council83%Yes2050July 18, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority82%No2038June 27, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Leeds City Council81%No2030March 27, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2030May 23, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority80%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council80%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Stockton-on-Tees 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
Tees Valley Combined Authority91%NoNo targetNo
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council87%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council86%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Wychavon District Council85%Yes2050No
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council83%No2030March 21, 2019
Staffordshire County Council82%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council82%No2030April 3, 2019
Cherwell District Council82%No2030July 22, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Tees Valley Combined Authority99%NoNo targetNo
Middlesbrough Borough Council98%No2029Sept. 4, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Darlington Borough Council96%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Hambleton District Council94%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
Redcar and Cleveland Council94%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Sunderland City Council93%Yes2030March 27, 2019
North East Combined Authority92%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
South Tyneside Council92%No2030July 18, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council91%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Stockton-on-Tees 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
Redditch Borough Council92%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Leeds City Council91%No2030March 27, 2019
Renfrewshire Council91%No2030June 27, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2038July 17, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council89%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Havant Borough Council89%Yes2050No
Sheffield City Council88%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Lancashire County Council88%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Darlington Borough Council87%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Wirral Council87%No2030July 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Stockton-on-Tees 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
Hartlepool Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Telford & Wrekin Council97%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Preston City Council97%No2030April 18, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council96%Yes2050No
Burnley Borough Council95%No2030July 10, 2019
Three Rivers District Council95%No2030May 21, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council94%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Erewash Borough Council94%No2050No

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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
    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 collection and 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

    stockton.gov.uk
    Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Stockton-on-Tees 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 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    Cite this page

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

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