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Stroud District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Dec. 13, 2018.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“After declaring a climate change emergency in November 2018, the council’s Environment Committee is being asked to approve a framework of measures to help the district become carbon neutral 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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Stroud District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in two sections including Commitment and integration.

SectionStroud District CouncilAverage district council
Total score77%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
15/18
8.1/18
Section 3 · Top performer Commitment and integration
7/7
3.8/7
Section 4 · Top performer Community, engagement and communications
9/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

528.9 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.4 tCO2

per person

1.1 ktCO2

per km2

8%

Commercial

35%

Domestic

23%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

32%

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 Stroud District 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
North Somerset Council82%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council81%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Warwickshire County Council80%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Hampshire County Council80%No2050June 17, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council79%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Cherwell District Council78%No2030July 22, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council78%No2030July 16, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council78%Yes2030May 21, 2019
West Berkshire Council78%No2030July 2, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council78%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Stroud District 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
Caerphilly County Borough Council93%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council92%No2030July 16, 2019
Pendle Borough Council91%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council90%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Maldon District Council89%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Leicestershire County Council89%No2030May 15, 2019
East Suffolk Council89%No2030July 24, 2019
Falkirk Council87%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council86%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Staffordshire County Council86%Yes2050July 25, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Gloucester City Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council96%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
South Gloucestershire Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Cotswold District Council92%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Stroud District 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
East Hampshire District Council98%No2050July 18, 2019
Winchester City Council98%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Mole Valley District Council97%No2030June 18, 2019
Tandridge District Council97%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Guildford Borough Council96%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Horsham District Council96%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Rochford District Council96%Yes2030No
Blaby District Council96%Yes2030No
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead96%No2050June 26, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Stroud District 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
Mole Valley District Council95%No2030June 18, 2019
Cherwell District Council95%No2030July 22, 2019
Midlothian Council94%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council94%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council93%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council92%Yes2030No
Swale Borough Council91%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Boston Borough Council91%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Tewkesbury Borough Council91%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Guildford Borough Council90%Yes2030July 23, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Stroud District 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

    stroud.gov.uk
    Stroud District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Stroud District 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 Stroud District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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