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Broadland District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2050

“We will seek to promote the conservative and sustainable use of natural resources, and aspire for Council activities to be carbon neutral well ahead of the Government’s 2050 target.”

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

Broadland District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Ecological emergency section.

SectionBroadland District CouncilAverage district council
Total score28%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 · Top performer Ecological emergency

Emissions data

536.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.1 tCO2

per person

1.0 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 Broadland 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
Central Bedfordshire Council85%No2030July 19, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council83%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Wealden District Council82%Yes2050July 24, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council82%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council81%No2030July 16, 2019
South Kesteven District Council81%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council81%Yes2030No
Horsham District Council80%No2050June 26, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council80%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council80%Yes2050May 14, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Broadland 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
Tendring District Council90%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
East Hertfordshire District Council89%Yes2030No
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council88%No2030July 16, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council86%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Warwickshire County Council86%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Suffolk Council86%No2030July 24, 2019
Essex County Council85%Yes2030No
South Oxfordshire District Council85%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Harborough District Council85%No2030June 24, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council84%YesNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Norwich City Council99%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
South Norfolk District Council98%NoNo targetNo
North Norfolk District Council97%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
Norfolk County Council95%No2030No
Breckland District Council94%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Suffolk Council94%No2030July 24, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Babergh District Council90%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Broadland 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
South Gloucestershire Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council96%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
North Hertfordshire District Council96%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council95%Yes2030July 15, 2019
North Kesteven District Council95%No2030July 11, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council95%No2030No
Bath and North East Somerset Council95%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Three Rivers District Council95%No2030May 21, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council95%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Lichfield District Council95%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Broadland 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
Denbighshire County Council97%No2030July 2, 2019
Cumberland Council96%NoNo
Northumberland Council96%Yes2030June 11, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council95%Yes2030June 25, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council94%No2030No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council93%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
South Derbyshire District Council93%No2030June 27, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council93%Yes2050May 14, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council92%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council92%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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