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Gedling Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Nov. 20, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“In November 2019, Gedling Borough Council (GBC) declared a climate emergency, alongside which a pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 was made.”

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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SectionGedling Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score46%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

378.2 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.2 tCO2

per person

3.2 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 Gedling 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
Amber Valley Borough Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council80%No2030May 27, 2021
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council80%No2030April 3, 2019
Erewash Borough Council80%No2050No
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council80%No2030July 16, 2019
Staffordshire County Council80%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council80%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council80%No2030July 17, 2019
Dacorum Council80%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Chorley Council79%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Gedling 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
Kirklees Council90%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Mansfield District Council89%No2040March 5, 2019
Wirral Council88%No2030July 15, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Woking Borough Council86%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Isle of Wight Council84%No2030July 24, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council83%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Erewash Borough Council83%No2050No
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council83%Yes2030No
Chesterfield Borough Council82%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Nottingham City Council98%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council97%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Ashfield District Council97%NoNo targetNo
Rushcliffe Borough Council97%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Mansfield District Council97%No2040March 5, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council96%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council96%No2030May 27, 2021
Erewash Borough Council96%No2050No
Bolsover District Council96%YesNo targetNo
Charnwood Borough Council95%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Gedling 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
Hertsmere Borough Council98%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council97%Yes2030June 19, 2019
West Sussex County Council95%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Dacorum Council95%Yes2050July 17, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Lewes District Council94%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Rugby Borough Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Babergh District Council93%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Epping Forest District Council92%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Maldon District Council92%No2030Feb. 4, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Gedling 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
Blaby District Council96%Yes2030No
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council96%No2030July 22, 2022
Surrey Heath Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 9, 2019
Fylde Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Caerphilly County Borough Council94%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council94%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
North East Combined Authority94%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Inverclyde Council94%NoNo targetNo
Hertsmere Borough Council93%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019


This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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