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Basildon Borough Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2030

“The council recognises that all its functions and operations have an impact on the environment. The council will, therefore, reduce its impact on the local and global environment by providing clear leadership towards. achieving carbon neutrality for the organisation by 2030”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Councillors have approved Basildon's first ever climate change policy which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the borough net-zero carbon by 2050.”

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.

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SectionBasildon Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score48%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

693.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.7 tCO2

per person

6.3 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 Basildon 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
Dartford Borough Council85%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council81%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council81%No2030June 26, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon80%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Eastbourne Borough Council80%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council79%NoNo targetNo
Adur District Council79%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council79%No2030July 17, 2019
Milton Keynes78%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council78%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Basildon 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
Bedford Borough Council87%Yes2030March 5, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon87%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Crawley Borough Council85%Yes2040July 17, 2019
Dacorum Council85%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Renfrewshire Council85%No2030June 27, 2019
Dartford Borough Council84%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
City of York Council84%Yes2030March 11, 2019
Halton Borough Council84%YesNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council84%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Essex County Council99%Yes2030No
Thurrock Council98%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Chelmsford City Council98%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Brentwood Borough Council98%No2040No
Medway Council97%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council97%No2030June 26, 2019
London Borough of Havering97%NoNo targetNo
Dartford Borough Council97%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council97%No2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Basildon 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
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2038July 10, 2019
Gravesham Borough Council93%No2030June 26, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council90%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council90%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Swansea City Council88%No2030June 27, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council87%No2030July 22, 2022
Lancaster City Council87%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council86%NoNo targetNo
Tamworth Borough Council86%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Dover District Council86%No2030Nov. 4, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Basildon 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
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council100%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Fareham Borough Council99%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Woking Borough Council99%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Adur District Council99%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council99%NoNo targetNo
Sheffield City Council98%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council98%Yes2027July 17, 2019


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

Powers & Responsibilities

Basildon 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.


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

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