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Maldon District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Feb. 4, 2021.

Council only pledge for 2030

“The aim to be a carbon neutral District Council by 2030 and ensure that all our strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to net-zero carbon by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2030

“To support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making Maldon Doistrict and its parishes net-zero carbon within the same timescale (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

Maldon 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.

SectionMaldon District 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

244.0 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.7 tCO2

per person

0.6 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 Maldon 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
Babergh District Council80%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Broadland District Council79%No2050No
Horsham District Council79%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council77%Yes2030No
East Suffolk Council76%No2030July 24, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council76%No2030July 19, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council76%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Melton Borough Council76%No2030July 17, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council75%Yes2050No
Braintree District Council75%Yes2030July 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Maldon 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
Pendle Borough Council91%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Caerphilly County Borough Council89%Yes2030June 4, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council88%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Bolsover District Council87%YesNo targetNo
Melton Borough Council86%No2030July 17, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council85%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council85%No2030July 16, 2019
East Suffolk Council85%No2030July 24, 2019
Fife Council84%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council84%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Rochford District Council98%Yes2030No
Colchester Borough Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council98%No2030July 18, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council97%NoNo targetNo
Chelmsford City Council96%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Braintree District Council96%Yes2030July 22, 2019
Basildon Borough Council96%Yes2030No
Medway Council96%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Tendring District Council95%Yes2030Aug. 6, 2019
Babergh District Council95%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Maldon 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
The Moray Council98%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Babergh District Council97%Yes2030July 23, 2019
West Sussex County Council96%Yes2030April 5, 2019
East Devon District Council95%Yes2040July 24, 2019
Dacorum Council95%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council95%Yes2030July 25, 2019
High Peak Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
South Norfolk District Council94%NoNo targetNo
Rugby Borough Council93%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council93%Yes2030May 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Maldon 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
Ribble Valley Borough Council98%No2030No
Harborough District Council98%No2030June 24, 2019
Selby District Council96%Yes2030No
South Somerset District Council92%Yes2023May 21, 2019
North Kesteven District Council92%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Mid Devon District Council92%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Craven District Council90%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council90%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Winchester City Council89%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Babergh District Council89%Yes2030July 23, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Maldon 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.


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

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