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Arun District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 15, 2020.

Council only pledge for 2030

“We declared a climate emergency on 15th January 2020. As a council, we pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030.”

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

Arun District Council scored zero points in this assessment. This is because the council either didn’t have any published plans at the time of the assessment, or the plans didn’t qualify.

SectionArun District CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
Section 3 Commitment and integration
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
Section 6 Co-benefits
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
Section 8 Education, skills and training
Section 9 Ecological emergency

Emissions data

505.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.1 tCO2

per person

2.2 ktCO2

per km2










Public Sector



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 Arun 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
Maidstone Borough Council86%Yes2030April 10, 2019
Lewes District Council85%Yes2030July 15, 2019
East Sussex County Council85%No2050Oct. 15, 2019
Kent County Council85%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Essex County Council84%Yes2030No
Adur District Council84%Yes2030July 18, 2019
West Sussex County Council83%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council83%NoNo targetNo
Castle Point Borough Council82%NoNo targetNo
Dartford Borough Council81%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Arun 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
Great Yarmouth Borough Council93%NoNo targetNo
Central Bedfordshire Council93%No2030July 19, 2019
Rochford District Council92%Yes2030No
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council91%No2038July 10, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo
East Sussex County Council90%No2050Oct. 15, 2019
Kent County Council90%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council89%NoNo targetNo
North Somerset Council89%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council89%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Worthing Borough Council98%YesJuly 18, 2019
Chichester District Council97%Yes2025July 9, 2019
West Sussex County Council97%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Horsham District Council97%No2050June 26, 2019
Adur District Council96%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Waverley Borough Council96%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Guildford Borough Council94%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Havant Borough Council94%Yes2050No
Brighton and Hove City Council94%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018
Mole Valley District Council94%No2030June 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Arun 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
Ashford Borough Council93%Yes2030No
Somerset Council93%NoNo
North Warwickshire Borough Council93%No2030Oct. 22, 2019
Devon County Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary92%No2030May 16, 2019
Suffolk County Council92%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council92%Yes2045Sept. 30, 2021
Powys County Council91%No2030July 30, 2020
The Highland Council90%No2025May 9, 2019
Maidstone Borough Council88%Yes2030April 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Arun 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
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Wokingham Borough Council98%Yes2030July 18, 2019
City of York Council97%Yes2030March 11, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council97%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council96%No2030June 26, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Renfrewshire Council96%No2030June 27, 2019
West Lothian Council95%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council95%No2030May 23, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council95%No2040Aug. 13, 2020

Powers & Responsibilities

Arun 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.


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

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