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Tewkesbury Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 1, 2019.

Climate pledge for 2030

“Tewkesbury Borough Council has produced a 10 year action plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. ”

Climate documents

Last update: Jan. 10, 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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SectionTewkesbury Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score10%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
3/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

438.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.5 tCO2

per person

1.1 ktCO2

per km2

37%

Transport

28%

Domestic

21%

Industry

8%

Commercial

4%

Agriculture

2%

Public Sector

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 Tewkesbury 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
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council87%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Leicestershire County Council85%No2030May 15, 2019
Staffordshire County Council85%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Warwickshire County Council85%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Hampshire County Council85%No2050June 17, 2019
Cherwell District Council85%No2030July 22, 2019
South Kesteven District Council85%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council85%No2030July 16, 2019
North Somerset Council85%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Worcestershire County Council84%Yes2030July 15, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Tewkesbury 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
Boston Borough Council88%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
North Northamptonshire Council85%No2030July 28, 2021
Braintree District Council85%No2030July 22, 2019
Warwickshire County Council84%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Somerset County Council84%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
South Somerset District Council84%Yes2023May 21, 2019
East Suffolk Council84%No2030July 24, 2019
Essex County Council84%Yes2030No
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council83%Yes2025July 18, 2019
West Sussex County Council83%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cheltenham Borough Council99%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Gloucester City Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Wychavon District Council96%Yes2050No
Cotswold District Council96%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Worcestershire County Council96%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Worcester City Council95%No2030July 16, 2019
Stroud District Council95%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Malvern Hills District Council94%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Redditch Borough Council94%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council93%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018

These councils are the most similar to Tewkesbury 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
Lichfield District Council98%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
South Kesteven District Council98%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Broadland District Council98%No2050No
North West Leicestershire District Council97%Yes2030June 25, 2019
South Lakeland District Council97%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council97%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Stafford Borough Council97%No2040July 23, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council97%Yes2030No
South Staffordshire Council96%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Tewkesbury 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
Gloucestershire County Council98%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Waverley Borough Council98%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Rugby Borough Council97%No2030July 18, 2019
Worcestershire County Council97%Yes2030July 15, 2021
East Sussex County Council97%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
South Kesteven District Council96%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Swale Borough Council96%Yes2025June 26, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council96%Yes2030No
Mole Valley District Council94%No2030June 18, 2019
Lewes District Council94%Yes2030July 15, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Tewkesbury Borough 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

    tewkesbury.gov.uk
    Tewkesbury Borough Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Tewkesbury 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 Tewkesbury Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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

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