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Crawley Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2040

“Crawley Borough Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan is amended to pledge to reduce emissions by at least 50%, and as close to net zero as possible by 2030, and to reach net zero by 2040 at the very latest.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022
Draft Climate Emergency Action Plan

Action Plan · PDF · Draft

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Climate And Ecological Emergency Action Plan – September 2021: Core Principles For Action

Action Plan · PDF

Crawley Borough Council Climate Strategy

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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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Crawley Borough 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.

SectionCrawley Borough 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

444.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.0 tCO2

per person

9.9 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 Crawley 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
Broxbourne Borough Council86%NoNo targetNo
London Borough of Hillingdon86%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Harlow Council85%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Dartford Borough Council82%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
London Borough of Hounslow81%Yes2030No
Adur District Council81%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Stevenage Borough Council80%No2030June 12, 2019
London Borough of Havering78%YesNo targetNo
Thurrock Council78%No2022Oct. 23, 2019
Basildon Borough Council77%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Crawley 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
Adur District Council89%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Dartford Borough Council89%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Swindon Borough Council88%Yes2030No
Broxbourne Borough Council87%NoNo targetNo
Basildon Borough Council86%Yes2030No
London Borough of Bexley86%NoNo targetNo
Halton Borough Council85%YesNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Plymouth City Council85%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames84%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council84%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Mid Sussex District Council98%YesNo targetNo
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council98%Yes2030No
Mole Valley District Council98%No2030June 18, 2019
Tandridge District Council98%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Horsham District Council97%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council97%Yes2035July 23, 2019
London Borough of Sutton97%No2045July 22, 2019
London Borough of Croydon97%YesNo targetJuly 15, 2019
West Sussex County Council96%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames96%Yes2038June 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Crawley 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
Stevenage Borough Council89%No2030June 12, 2019
Harlow Council88%Yes2030July 11, 2019
London Borough of Hillingdon82%Yes2030Jan. 16, 2020
Ceredigion County Council81%Yes2030March 5, 2020
South Holland District Council81%NoNo targetNo
Boston Borough Council81%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Ryedale District Council81%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council81%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
London Borough of Hounslow80%Yes2030No
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar79%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Crawley 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
Tamworth Borough Council100%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council100%Yes2030Feb. 18, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council100%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Rushmoor Borough Council99%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Belfast City Council99%YesNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council99%No2030No
Middlesbrough Borough Council99%No2029Sept. 4, 2019
Dundee City Council99%Yes2045June 24, 2019
South Tyneside Council99%No2030July 18, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council99%Yes2030July 10, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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