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High Peak Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Oct. 15, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Make High Peak Borough Council carbon neutral in its internal operations and the services it delivers by 2030, and work with partners to achieve this target across High Peak.”

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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High Peak Borough Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionHigh Peak Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score39%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 · Top performer 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

556.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

6.0 tCO2

per person

1.0 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 High Peak 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
Redcar and Cleveland Council69%Yes2030March 28, 2019
North East Lincolnshire Council68%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Selby District Council68%Yes2030No
North Lincolnshire Council67%Yes2030No
Flintshire County Council67%YesNo targetNo
Wyre Council65%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council64%NoNo targetSept. 28, 2022
Wrexham County Borough Council64%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Derbyshire County Council64%Yes2032No
Fenland District Council63%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to High Peak 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
North East Lincolnshire Council74%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Council73%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Selby District Council70%Yes2030No
Fenland District Council66%NoNo targetNo
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council65%NoNo targetNo
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council65%NoNo targetSept. 28, 2022
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council63%No2037July 16, 2019
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council62%Yes2030Sept. 28, 2020
Hartlepool Borough Council60%NoNo targetNo
The Moray Council59%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Leicestershire County Council96%No2030May 15, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2030March 28, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Kirklees Council94%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council94%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Sheffield City Council94%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council94%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Manchester City Council93%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to High Peak 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
Scottish Borders Council98%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Warwickshire County Council98%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Lothian Council97%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council97%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Fylde Borough Council96%NoNo targetNo
West Sussex County Council96%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Staffordshire County Council96%Yes2050July 25, 2019
The Moray Council95%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council95%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council95%Yes2030July 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to High Peak 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
Lancaster City Council98%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council97%No2030May 9, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council97%No2050No
Leicestershire County Council97%No2030May 15, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council96%NoNo targetNo
Epping Forest District Council96%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Warwickshire County Council96%Yes2030July 25, 2019
New Forest District Council96%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Flintshire County Council96%YesNo targetNo
Wyre Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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