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Uttlesford District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 30, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“To commit to achieving net-zero carbon status by 2030 and protecting and enhancing bio-diversity by…working collaboratively across the Council and engaging with individuals, community groups, businesses and other partners in the district, including young people who should have a voice to help shape our future.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 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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SectionUttlesford District CouncilAverage district council
Total score45%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

436.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.7 tCO2

per person

0.7 ktCO2

per km2

49%

Transport

32%

Domestic

7%

Commercial

6%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

2%

Agriculture

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 Uttlesford 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
South Cambridgeshire District Council86%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council83%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Cotswold District Council82%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council79%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Harborough District Council78%No2030June 24, 2019
Winchester City Council78%Yes2024June 5, 2019
North Kesteven District Council76%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Horsham District Council76%Yes2050June 26, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council75%Yes2030June 26, 2019
South Norfolk District Council75%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Uttlesford 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
Vale of White Horse District Council90%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Lichfield District Council88%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council87%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council84%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council83%Yes2030July 15, 2019
East Hampshire District Council83%No2050July 18, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council83%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council82%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Chelmsford City Council80%Yes2030July 16, 2019
South Norfolk District Council79%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Harlow Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Epping Forest District Council96%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council96%Yes2030No
Chelmsford City Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council96%No2040No
Braintree District Council96%No2030July 22, 2019
Cambridge City Council96%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council96%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
Essex County Council96%Yes2030No
London Borough of Havering95%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Uttlesford 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
West Oxfordshire District Council100%Yes2030June 26, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council99%Yes2025April 11, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council98%Yes2030No
Mid Sussex District Council98%YesNo targetNo
West Berkshire Council98%No2030July 2, 2019
South Cambridgeshire District Council97%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
St Albans City and District Council94%No2030July 9, 2019
Cotswold District Council93%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead93%No2050June 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Uttlesford 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
Stratford-on-Avon District Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Cotswold District Council95%NoNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Gwynedd County Council95%No2030March 7, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council93%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
South Hams District Council93%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Mid Devon District Council91%Yes2030June 26, 2019
West Lindsey District Council89%Yes2050No
Allerdale Borough Council89%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council89%Yes2030May 9, 2019
Hambleton District Council88%No2034Dec. 14, 2021

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Uttlesford 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Uttlesford District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/uttlesford-district-council/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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