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Wealden District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 24, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Under the Climate Emergency Declaration, the Council committed to work towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 for both the Council’s own operations and the wider Wealden area, and to pursue efforts to bring this date forward if possible.”

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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SectionWealden District CouncilAverage district council
Total score30%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
2/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

724.8 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.5 tCO2e

per capita

0.9 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 Wealden 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
East Hampshire District Council85%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council82%Yes2030No
West Berkshire Council81%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council81%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Warwickshire County Council80%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Broadland District Council79%Yes2050No
Buckinghamshire Council79%Yes2050No
New Forest District Council79%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
East Hertfordshire District Council79%Yes2030No
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council79%Yes2025July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wealden 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
Malvern Hills District Council95%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Horsham District Council93%Yes2050June 26, 2019
New Forest District Council87%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
East Hampshire District Council86%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Broadland District Council86%Yes2050No
West Berkshire Council86%Yes2030July 2, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council85%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Dorset Council85%Yes2040May 16, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council85%YesNo targetNo
Warwickshire County Council85%Yes2030July 25, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Sussex County Council98%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council97%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Lewes District Council97%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council96%Yes2030No
Mid Sussex District Council96%YesNo targetNo
Rother District Council95%Yes2030Sept. 16, 2019
Tandridge District Council95%No2030Feb. 13, 2020
Kent County Council92%Yes2030May 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wealden 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
Lichfield District Council96%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Warwickshire County Council96%Yes2030July 25, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council95%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council95%Yes2030No
Oxfordshire County Council95%Yes2030April 2, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council95%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Cherwell District Council94%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council94%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Bath and North East Somerset Council94%Yes2030March 14, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wealden 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
Sedgemoor District Council98%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council95%NoNo targetNo
Dorset Council95%Yes2040May 16, 2019
Wiltshire Council93%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council93%NoNo targetSept. 9, 2019
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council93%NoNo targetNo
Monmouthshire County Council90%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council89%Yes2050No
West Suffolk Council88%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
East Suffolk Council87%Yes2030July 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Wealden 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.

    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

    wealden.gov.uk
    Wealden District Council’s official homepage.
    @wealdendistrict
    Wealden District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Wealden 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 Wealden District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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