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Thanet District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 11, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Do what is within our powers and resources to make Thanet District Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”

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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SectionThanet District CouncilAverage district council
Total score58%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
12/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
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

515.4 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.6 tCO2

per person

4.6 ktCO2

per km2

21%

Commercial

36%

Domestic

12%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

25%

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 Thanet 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
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council68%Yes2040June 10, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council62%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council61%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Torbay Council60%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council59%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
London Borough of Haringey59%Yes2027March 18, 2019
Tendring District Council58%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Thurrock Council58%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Isle of Wight Council58%No2030July 24, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council58%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Thanet 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
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council79%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council66%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Torbay Council63%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council61%NoNo targetNo
West Lancashire Borough Council60%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council57%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Richmondshire District Council57%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Isle of Wight Council56%No2030July 24, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council56%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council54%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Dover District Council98%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Canterbury City Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Thanet 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
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council97%Yes2050No
West Dunbartonshire Council97%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council96%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council93%NoNo targetNo
North East Combined Authority93%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council91%NoNo targetNo
Caerphilly County Borough Council90%Yes2030June 4, 2019
London Borough of Haringey90%Yes2027March 18, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Thanet 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
Surrey County Council99%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Milton Keynes99%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Three Rivers District Council98%No2030May 21, 2019
West of England Combined Authority98%Yes2030July 1, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority97%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Leeds City Council97%No2030March 27, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead97%No2050June 26, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council97%Yes2030July 18, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council97%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council97%Yes2030June 19, 2019

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

Thanet 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Thanet District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/thanet-district-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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