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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
Becoming Carbon Neutral Action Plan

Action Plan · PDF · Council Only

Telford & Wrekin Council Document

PDF · We no longer hold a copy of this document

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

742.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.1 tCO2

per person

2.6 ktCO2

per km2

33%

Transport

30%

Domestic

25%

Industry

6%

Commercial

5%

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 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
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council83%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Erewash Borough Council82%No2050No
Redditch Borough Council82%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Ashfield District Council82%NoNo targetNo
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council82%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Sheffield City Council82%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council82%No2030April 3, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority81%No2038June 27, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council81%YesNo targetMay 22, 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
Charnwood Borough Council90%Yes2030No
Sedgemoor District Council86%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council85%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Gloucestershire County Council85%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Cardiff Council85%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Worcestershire County Council84%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council84%No2030March 21, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council84%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Colchester Borough Council84%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Ashfield District Council83%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Shropshire Council - Unitary95%No2030May 16, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council94%No2030April 3, 2019
South Staffordshire Council93%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Stafford Borough Council93%No2040July 23, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council92%No2028July 17, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council92%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council91%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council91%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Staffordshire County Council91%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)90%Yes2025May 22, 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 Council98%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Lancaster City Council95%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council94%No2030June 26, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council93%NoNo targetNo
Swansea City Council93%No2030June 27, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council93%Yes2030No
Northumberland Council93%Yes2030June 11, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority92%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
East Ayrshire Council92%No2030No
Bridgend County Borough Council92%No2030July 22, 2022

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 Council97%NoNo targetNo
Preston City Council96%No2030April 18, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Milton Keynes94%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Falkirk Council94%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Warwick District Council94%No2030June 26, 2019
Burnley Borough Council94%No2030July 10, 2019
West of England Combined Authority94%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council93%Yes2030July 24, 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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