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Telford & Wrekin Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2030

“The Council committed to ensure its activities and operations are 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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Telford & Wrekin Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in four sections including Commitment and integration.

SectionTelford & Wrekin CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score78%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
16/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
14/18
9.0/18
Section 3 · Top performer Commitment and integration
7/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.9/5
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
5/5
2.3/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

847.8 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.7 tCO2

per person

2.9 ktCO2

per km2

10%

Commercial

29%

Domestic

24%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

33%

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 Telford & Wrekin 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
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority82%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority82%No2038June 27, 2019
Kirklees Council82%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council81%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Redditch Borough Council81%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council81%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Derby City Council81%No2050May 23, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council80%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Wirral Council80%No2030July 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Telford & Wrekin 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
Bradford Metropolitan District Council90%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Lancaster City Council90%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council89%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council88%Yes2030No
Halton Borough Council85%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority84%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority84%No2038June 27, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council84%No2030March 21, 2019
Lancashire County Council82%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020

These councils grographically border or overlap with Telford & Wrekin Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Shropshire Council - Unitary94%No2030May 16, 2019
South Staffordshire Council93%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Stafford Borough Council93%No2040July 23, 2019
Staffordshire County Council90%Yes2050July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Telford & Wrekin 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
Wyre Forest District Council99%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Basildon Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council94%NoNo targetNo
Swansea City Council93%No2030June 27, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council93%No2030No
Medway Council92%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council92%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Gravesham Borough Council91%No2030June 26, 2019
Plymouth City Council90%Yes2030March 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Telford & Wrekin 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
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Preston City Council98%No2030April 18, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Havant Borough Council95%Yes2050No
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
West of England Combined Authority95%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Redditch Borough Council95%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Milton Keynes95%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Burnley Borough Council94%No2030July 10, 2019

Features

Powers & Responsibilities

Telford & Wrekin 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

    telford.gov.uk
    Telford & Wrekin Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Telford & Wrekin 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 Telford & Wrekin Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Telford & Wrekin Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/telford-wrekin-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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