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Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Nov. 28, 2018.

Whole area pledge for 2038

“Across the council and in partnership across Traford, we are continuing to make progress with measures that will reduce our carbon footprint and put us on a pathway to carbon neutrality by 2038.”

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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Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in the Education, skills and training section.

SectionTrafford Metropolitan Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score64%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
11/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
5/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1174.0 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.9 tCO2e

per capita

11.1 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Trafford Metropolitan 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
Warrington Borough Council83%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Erewash Borough Council82%No2050No
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council82%Yes2030No
Broxtowe Borough Council81%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council81%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2038March 28, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council81%Yes2030No
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council80%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council80%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council79%Yes2038July 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Trafford Metropolitan 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
Wyre Forest District Council89%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
West Lothian Council87%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Lancashire County Council87%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council86%Yes2030No
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Wirral Council85%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council84%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council84%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Kirklees Council84%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Arun District Council83%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2020

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Salford City Council98%No2038July 17, 2019
Greater Manchester Combined Authority97%Yes2038July 26, 2019
Manchester City Council97%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Warrington Borough Council95%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)94%Yes2025May 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Trafford Metropolitan 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
Cheltenham Borough Council95%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)94%Yes2025May 22, 2019
Canterbury City Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
London Borough of Bromley92%Yes2029No
City of Edinburgh Council92%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Aberdeen City Council91%Yes2045No
Oxford City Council91%Yes2030Jan. 28, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council91%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Chorley Council91%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Trafford Metropolitan 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
Dundee City Council100%Yes2045June 24, 2019
Wirral Council100%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2025Sept. 11, 2019
Glasgow City Council100%Yes2030May 16, 2019
London Borough of Enfield100%Yes2030July 8, 2019
London Borough of Bromley100%Yes2029No
Greater Manchester Combined Authority99%Yes2038July 26, 2019
Spelthorne Borough Council99%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2038Feb. 24, 2020
Torbay Council99%Yes2030June 19, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council is a 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.

    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.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    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

    trafford.gov.uk
    Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @traffordcouncil
    Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Trafford Metropolitan 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 Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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