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Woking Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 25, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Pledge to make Woking Borough Council, its wholly-owned companies and conntractors 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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Woking Borough Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionWoking Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score70%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
11/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
17/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

369.1 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.7 tCO2

per person

5.8 ktCO2

per km2

18%

Commercial

41%

Domestic

12%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

25%

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 Woking 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
London Borough of Sutton85%No2045July 22, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council84%Yes2050No
Dacorum Council84%Yes2050July 17, 2019
London Borough of Bromley84%Yes2029No
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council84%No2030No
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council84%Yes2035July 23, 2019
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council84%Yes2030No
Cheltenham Borough Council83%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Surrey County Council83%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Fareham Borough Council83%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Woking 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
Cannock Chase District Council87%No2030July 17, 2019
Wirral Council86%No2030July 15, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council85%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Arun District Council85%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council85%No2030July 18, 2019
South Tyneside Council85%No2030July 18, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council84%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council84%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Surrey County Council99%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Guildford Borough Council99%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Runnymede Borough Council99%NoNo targetOct. 17, 2019
Surrey Heath Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Elmbridge Borough Council97%No2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Woking 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
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council99%Yes2030No
Surrey County Council98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Eastleigh Borough Council98%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council97%Yes2050No
Bromsgrove District Council97%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Warwick District Council97%No2030June 26, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
East Dunbartonshire Council96%Yes2045No
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames96%Yes2038June 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Woking 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
Fareham Borough Council100%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Adur District Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council100%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Basildon Borough Council100%Yes2030No
Broxtowe Borough Council100%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council100%No2038July 17, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Borough of Broxbourne100%NoNo targetNo
Castle Point Borough Council100%NoNo targetNo
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Woking 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.

    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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Woking Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/woking-borough-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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