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Hyndburn Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 19, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action. Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030. Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030. Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale (2030).”

Climate documents

We couldn’t find any climate action plans for this council.

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

Hyndburn 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.

SectionHyndburn 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

308.9 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.8 tCO2

per person

4.2 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 Hyndburn 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
Bradford Metropolitan District Council89%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2019
Pendle Borough Council88%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council85%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority85%No2038June 27, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council84%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Burnley Borough Council84%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority83%NoNo targetNo
Halton Borough Council83%YesNo targetOct. 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Hyndburn 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
Bridgend County Borough Council90%No2030July 22, 2022
Bolsover District Council89%YesNo targetNo
South Ribble Borough Council89%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council89%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Newport City Council89%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
East Suffolk Council88%No2030July 24, 2019
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council88%Yes2030No
Caerphilly County Borough Council88%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council88%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Warrington Borough Council87%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council98%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council97%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council96%No2030No
Burnley Borough Council96%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Pendle Borough Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Chorley Council94%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
Salford City Council94%No2038July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Hyndburn 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
Bradford Metropolitan District Council95%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Burnley Borough Council92%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council92%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority91%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Preston City Council90%No2030April 18, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council88%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Halton Borough Council88%YesNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council88%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Hyndburn 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
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
Kirklees Council97%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority97%No2038June 27, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council97%No2030July 17, 2019
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council97%YesNo targetJune 25, 2019
Warrington Borough Council97%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Aberdeen City Council97%Yes2045No
North East Lincolnshire Council97%Yes2050Sept. 19, 2019
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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