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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

476.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.9 tCO2

per person

1.0 ktCO2

per km2

36%

Domestic

31%

Transport

19%

Industry

6%

Agriculture

5%

Public Sector

4%

Commercial

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
Gloucestershire County Council83%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council83%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council82%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council82%Yes2030July 29, 2019
West Berkshire Council82%No2030July 2, 2019
Stafford Borough Council82%No2040July 23, 2019
North Somerset Council81%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Hampshire County Council81%No2050June 17, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council81%No2030April 2, 2019
Cherwell District Council81%No2030July 22, 2019

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
Gloucestershire County Council87%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council85%Yes2030July 29, 2019
Lancaster City Council85%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Falkirk Council84%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Worcestershire County Council84%Yes2030July 15, 2021
East Lothian Council83%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Ashford Borough Council83%Yes2030No
North Kesteven District Council83%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Staffordshire Council82%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Lancashire County Council82%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Gloucester City Council98%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council96%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
South Gloucestershire Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council95%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Cotswold District Council93%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council93%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council92%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Worcester City Council91%No2030July 16, 2019
Wychavon District Council91%Yes2050No

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
Winchester City Council100%Yes2024June 5, 2019
East Hampshire District Council99%No2050July 18, 2019
Cotswold District Council98%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council98%No2038April 10, 2019
Guildford Borough Council98%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Mole Valley District Council97%No2030June 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead96%No2050June 26, 2019
Rochford District Council96%Yes2030No
Surrey County Council96%Yes2030July 9, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council95%No2040Aug. 13, 2020

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
Carlisle City Council97%No2030March 5, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council95%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Mole Valley District Council95%No2030June 18, 2019
South Ayrshire Council95%No2045No
Cherwell District Council95%No2030July 22, 2019
Midlothian Council94%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Derry City and Strabane District Council94%Yes2045June 27, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council94%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Worcestershire County Council92%Yes2030July 15, 2021
East Hertfordshire District Council92%Yes2030No

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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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Stroud District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/stroud-district-council/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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