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Eden District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 11, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Work together with other councils, public and private sector organisations (within Eden, Cumbria, the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to achieve zero emissions in Eden District by 2030.”

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

Eden 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.

SectionEden District CouncilAverage district council
Total score0%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
0/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
0/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

472.3 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

8.8 tCO2

per person

0.2 ktCO2

per km2

35%

Transport

22%

Domestic

17%

Agriculture

17%

Industry

9%

Commercial

1%

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 Eden 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
Dumfries and Galloway Council72%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Ceredigion County Council70%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Powys County Council69%No2030July 30, 2020
Scottish Borders Council64%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Ryedale District Council63%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council61%Yes2030May 9, 2019
West Devon Borough Council60%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council59%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Carmarthenshire County Council59%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Richmondshire District Council57%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Eden 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
Powys County Council68%No2030July 30, 2020
Dumfries and Galloway Council67%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Ceredigion County Council66%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council65%No2030May 2, 2020
Pembrokeshire County Council62%Yes2030May 9, 2019
West Devon Borough Council59%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Scottish Borders Council59%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council59%Yes2040July 2, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council57%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Richmondshire District Council56%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cumbria County Council92%Yes2050No
South Lakeland District Council92%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Carlisle City Council92%No2030March 5, 2019
Lancaster City Council89%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council88%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Craven District Council86%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Richmondshire District Council86%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Durham County Council85%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Copeland Borough Council85%Yes2050No
Ribble Valley Borough Council85%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Eden 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
Mid Devon District Council94%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council94%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Mendip District Council93%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019
West Suffolk Council93%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
South Holland District Council91%NoNo targetNo
Dumfries and Galloway Council91%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary90%No2030May 16, 2019
Gwynedd County Council90%No2030March 7, 2019
Herefordshire Council90%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Ryedale District Council90%No2050Oct. 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Eden 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
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council89%Yes2040July 2, 2019
Ceredigion County Council88%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Mid Ulster District Council87%NoNo targetNo
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council83%No2030May 2, 2020
Torridge District Council81%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Aberdeenshire Council79%No2045No
The Highland Council79%No2025May 9, 2019
Herefordshire Council78%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council78%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council78%No2045No

Powers & Responsibilities

Eden 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.

    Housing

    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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2023). CAPE: Eden District Council. Available at: http://cape.mysociety.org/councils/eden-district-council/ [Accessed 26 Mar 2023].

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