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Wychavon District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Our vision is to lead the Wychavon district to be carbon neutral as quickly as possible and by 2050 at the latest.”

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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SectionWychavon District CouncilAverage district council
Total score49%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

699.3 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

5.4 tCO2e

per capita

1.1 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 Wychavon 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
Shropshire Council - Unitary81%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Mendip District Council77%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Somerset County Council76%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council73%Yes2050No
Devon County Council72%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council71%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Melton Borough Council71%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Dorset Council70%Yes2040May 16, 2019
South Somerset District Council70%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Wiltshire Council70%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wychavon 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
East Lindsey District Council89%Yes2040No
Shropshire Council - Unitary87%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Rugby Borough Council86%Yes2030July 18, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council84%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
East Riding of Yorkshire Council84%Yes2050Feb. 24, 2021
South Holland District Council83%YesNo targetNo
North Lincolnshire Council83%Yes2030No
Mendip District Council83%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
Tendring District Council82%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council81%YesNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Redditch Borough Council97%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Worcester City Council97%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council96%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Worcestershire County Council96%Yes2050July 15, 2021
Tewkesbury Borough Council96%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council94%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council94%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Cotswold District Council92%YesNo targetJuly 3, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council92%Yes2030July 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wychavon 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
Dorset Council95%Yes2040May 16, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council95%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Lewes District Council94%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Braintree District Council93%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Teignbridge District Council93%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Rugby Borough Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council92%Yes2030April 10, 2019
Epping Forest District Council91%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Chichester District Council91%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Essex County Council90%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Wychavon 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
East Devon District Council93%Yes2040July 24, 2019
South Holland District Council90%YesNo targetNo
Rother District Council88%Yes2030Sept. 16, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)88%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Somerset County Council88%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
South Norfolk District Council88%YesNo targetNo
Breckland District Council88%No2035Sept. 19, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council87%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Shropshire Council - Unitary86%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Norfolk County Council86%No2030No

Powers & Responsibilities

Wychavon 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

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

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