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Chichester District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 9, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2025

“The plan has two targets: one for Chichester District Council’s operations and another for the whole District, covering all GHG emissions within it. Both the targets are a 10% reduction year-on-year from 2019 until 2025. If we meet these targets, we will have almost halved emissions. ”

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

SectionChichester District CouncilAverage district council
Total score45%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

674.9 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

5.6 tCO2

per person

0.8 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 Chichester 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
Wychavon District Council79%Yes2050No
Dorset Council79%No2040May 16, 2019
Wiltshire Council78%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
South Somerset District Council77%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council76%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council76%Yes2050No
Monmouthshire County Council76%Yes2030May 16, 2019
South Norfolk District Council76%NoNo targetNo
Babergh District Council75%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary75%No2030May 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Chichester 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
Perth and Kinross Council83%No2045No
Stratford-on-Avon District Council82%Yes2030July 15, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council81%Yes2030No
The Highland Council81%No2025May 9, 2019
West Lindsey District Council80%Yes2050No
Gwynedd County Council80%No2030March 7, 2019
Denbighshire County Council78%No2030July 2, 2019
Angus Council78%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council77%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Stirling Council76%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Arun District Council97%No2030Jan. 15, 2020
Waverley Borough Council97%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
East Hampshire District Council96%No2050July 18, 2019
Havant Borough Council96%Yes2050No
Hampshire County Council95%No2050June 17, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council95%Yes2030June 20, 2019
West Sussex County Council95%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Portsmouth City Council95%No2030March 19, 2019
Guildford Borough Council95%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Worthing Borough Council95%YesJuly 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Chichester 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 Hams District Council98%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Braintree District Council97%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Epping Forest District Council97%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council96%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Teignbridge District Council96%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Rugby Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Dorset Council94%No2040May 16, 2019
Lewes District Council94%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council94%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Babergh District Council93%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Chichester 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
Devon County Council97%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
North Devon Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Cumbria County Council96%Yes2050No
Rother District Council96%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Norfolk County Council94%No2030No
South Oxfordshire District Council93%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary93%No2030May 16, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council93%Yes2030No
East Lothian Council93%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Denbighshire County Council93%No2030July 2, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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