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Thurrock Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 23, 2019.

Climate pledge for 2022

“Reducing emissions per job by 22% by 2022. Reducing emissions per resident by 15% by 2022. Reducing emissions per daily road movement by 15% by 2022 ”

Climate documents

Last update: Sept. 27, 2021

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

Thurrock Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionThurrock CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score0%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

805.2 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.6 tCO2

per person

4.4 ktCO2

per km2

14%

Commercial

25%

Domestic

19%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

40%

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 Thurrock 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
Gravesham Borough Council82%No2030June 26, 2019
Swale Borough Council77%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Dover District Council77%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Arun District Council76%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Borough of Broxbourne75%NoNo targetNo
Dartford Borough Council75%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon75%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Crawley Borough Council75%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Basildon Borough Council74%Yes2030No
Harlow Council74%Yes2030July 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Thurrock 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
Gravesham Borough Council78%No2030June 26, 2019
Halton Borough Council74%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Peterborough City Council74%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Dover District Council73%Yes2030Nov. 4, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council73%Yes2030No
Swale Borough Council73%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Tendring District Council73%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Rugby Borough Council72%No2030July 18, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council72%NoNo targetNo
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council72%No2030March 10, 2020

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Gravesham Borough Council99%No2030June 26, 2019
Basildon Borough Council98%Yes2030No
Essex County Council98%No2030No
Dartford Borough Council98%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Havering98%YesNo targetNo
Medway Council97%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Bexley97%NoNo targetNo
Kent County Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Thurrock 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
Reading Borough Council96%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Dartford Borough Council91%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Greater London Authority91%YesDec. 1, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham90%No2030July 17, 2019
Rother District Council89%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon88%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
London Borough of Croydon88%YesNo targetJuly 15, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council87%No2030July 17, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council87%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
London Borough of Redbridge86%Yes2050June 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Thurrock 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
Hertsmere Borough Council98%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
City of York Council98%No2030March 11, 2019
Mansfield District Council97%No2040March 5, 2019
Newport City Council97%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council97%Yes2030No
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council97%Yes2030Sept. 28, 2020
East Renfrewshire Council96%No2040Aug. 13, 2020
Inverclyde Council96%NoNo targetNo
Warrington Borough Council96%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Arun District Council96%No2030Jan. 15, 2020

Powers & Responsibilities

Thurrock 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

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

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

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