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Cannock Chase District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 17, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“"That Cabinet notes that the target of Carbon Neutrality by 2030 relates to the whole District and not just the Council as an organisation."”

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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Cannock Chase 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.

SectionCannock Chase 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

321.5 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.2 tCO2

per person

4.1 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 Cannock Chase 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
Tamworth Borough Council86%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council86%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council83%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council82%No2030April 3, 2019
Arun District Council81%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Erewash Borough Council81%No2050No
Broxbourne Borough Council81%NoNo targetNo
Kirklees Council80%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Gedling Borough Council80%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Cannock Chase 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
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Woking Borough Council88%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council88%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council87%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Warrington Borough Council87%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council87%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council86%NoNo targetNo
Rochford District Council86%Yes2030No
Arun District Council86%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Staffordshire County Council99%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Lichfield District Council97%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council97%No2028July 17, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2030March 10, 2020
South Staffordshire Council96%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council96%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Stafford Borough Council96%No2040July 23, 2019
Birmingham City Council95%No2030June 11, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council95%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Cannock Chase 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
Dartford Borough Council95%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Thurrock Council94%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Arun District Council92%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Rother District Council91%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Somerset County Council90%No2030Feb. 20, 2019
Broxbourne Borough Council90%NoNo targetNo
Rossendale Borough Council90%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
North Devon Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council90%No2030May 9, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council89%No2030Sept. 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Cannock Chase 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
West Yorkshire Combined Authority99%No2038June 27, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Kirklees Council98%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Dartford Borough Council98%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Medway Council98%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Warrington Borough Council97%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council97%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Swindon Borough Council97%Yes2030No
St Albans City and District Council97%No2030July 9, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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