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Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 17, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Set up a climate cross party task force to start a dedicated report within the fiscal year with actions that it needs to take to address this emergency including how the wider community including businesses, organisations and individuals can be encouraged to make their own contributions to meeting a goal to make the Borough carbon neutral by 2030.”

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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SectionTunbridge Wells Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score50%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
10/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
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
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

453.7 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.8 tCO2e

per capita

1.4 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 Tunbridge Wells 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
Tandridge District Council87%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Sevenoaks District Council85%Yes2030No
Warwickshire County Council84%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council84%Yes2050No
Kent County Council82%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Hampshire County Council82%Yes2050June 17, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council82%Yes2030July 9, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council82%Yes2030No
Wealden District Council81%Yes2050July 24, 2019
West Sussex County Council81%Yes2030April 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Tunbridge Wells 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
Hart District Council96%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council94%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
St Albans City and District Council90%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Essex County Council88%No2030No
Dacorum Council88%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Surrey County Council88%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Kent County Council87%Yes2030May 23, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council87%Yes2040Aug. 13, 2020
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2038March 28, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council97%Yes2030April 10, 2019
Rother District Council97%Yes2030Sept. 16, 2019
East Sussex County Council97%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Wealden District Council96%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council96%Yes2030No
Ashford Borough Council95%Yes2030No
Kent County Council93%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Tunbridge Wells 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
Bromsgrove District Council99%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Warwick District Council98%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council97%Yes2030March 5, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council97%Yes2050No
Surrey County Council97%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Woking Borough Council96%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Lichfield District Council96%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council95%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Tunbridge Wells 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
Braintree District Council97%Yes2030July 22, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
East Hampshire District Council95%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council94%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Ards and North Down Borough Council94%NoNo targetFeb. 27, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council93%Yes2030May 15, 2019
West Suffolk Council93%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
West Berkshire Council93%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Hart District Council93%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Tunbridge Wells 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.

    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
    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

    tunbridgewells.gov.uk
    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @TWellsCouncil
    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Tunbridge Wells 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 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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