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Redditch Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 23, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and influencing the reduction of local carbon emissions goes hand in hand with the 'net zero by 2050' target set by the UK Government, a goal that requires us and all sectors to pull together to achieve.”

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

Redditch 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.

SectionRedditch 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

282.5 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.3 tCO2

per person

5.2 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 Redditch 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
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council87%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Havant Borough Council86%Yes2050No
Sheffield City Council86%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council85%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council85%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council84%No2030March 28, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council83%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Erewash Borough Council83%No2050No
Swindon Borough Council83%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Redditch 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
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council92%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Fareham Borough Council92%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Havant Borough Council91%Yes2050No
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council91%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Eastleigh Borough Council90%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council90%No2050Oct. 19, 2019
Medway Council90%Yes2050April 25, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council90%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
London Borough of Havering89%YesNo targetNo
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council88%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Bromsgrove District Council98%YesNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Wychavon District Council97%Yes2050No
Birmingham City Council96%No2030June 11, 2019
Worcestershire County Council96%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2030March 10, 2020
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council95%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2030Oct. 8, 2019
Worcester City Council95%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council94%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Redditch 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
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council91%YesNo targetNo
Renfrewshire Council91%No2030June 27, 2019
Cardiff Council91%Yes2030March 28, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Leeds City Council90%No2030March 27, 2019
Havant Borough Council89%Yes2050No
Lancashire County Council89%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Kirklees Council88%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Sheffield City Council88%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Redditch 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
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council98%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Sheffield City Council98%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Fareham Borough Council98%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Woking Borough Council98%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Adur District Council98%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council98%No2030Dec. 4, 2019
Basildon Borough Council98%Yes2030No
Broxtowe Borough Council98%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2038July 17, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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