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Wyre Forest District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 22, 2019.

Climate pledges

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Climate documents

Last update: Sept. 27, 2021

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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SectionWyre Forest District CouncilAverage district council
Total score18%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
3/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
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
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

352.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.5 tCO2

per person

1.8 ktCO2

per km2

39%

Domestic

34%

Transport

16%

Industry

7%

Commercial

3%

Public Sector

1%

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 Wyre Forest 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
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council88%No2030April 3, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council86%No2030No
Lancashire County Council86%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council85%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Staffordshire County Council85%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Derbyshire County Council85%Yes2032No
Amber Valley Borough Council85%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council84%Yes2050No
Nottinghamshire County Council84%No2030May 27, 2021
Worcestershire County Council84%Yes2030July 15, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Wyre Forest 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
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council94%No2030April 3, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council92%No2030March 5, 2019
North Somerset Council91%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council90%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Warrington Borough Council90%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council89%Yes2050No
Hyndburn Borough Council89%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council89%Yes2030June 20, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority89%No2038June 27, 2019
Arun District Council89%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council96%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Worcester City Council96%No2030July 16, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council96%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council95%NoNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council95%No2028July 17, 2019
South Staffordshire Council95%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2030March 10, 2020
Wychavon District Council94%Yes2050No
Redditch Borough Council94%No2050Sept. 23, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wyre Forest 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
Telford & Wrekin Council98%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Lancaster City Council97%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council95%NoNo targetNo
Northumberland Council95%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council94%No2030June 26, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council94%Yes2030No
Swansea City Council93%No2030June 27, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council93%No2030No
North of Tyne Combined Authority92%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Sedgemoor District Council91%Yes2030March 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Wyre Forest 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
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Fylde Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Bridgend County Borough Council96%No2030No
North East Combined Authority95%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority95%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Caerphilly County Borough Council95%Yes2030June 4, 2019
West Sussex County Council95%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Blaby District Council95%Yes2030No
Gedling Borough Council94%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council94%Yes2030May 23, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Wyre Forest 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Wyre Forest District Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/wyre-forest-district-council/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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