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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Whole area pledge for 2030

“Ribble Valley Borough Council has shown its commitment to tackle climate change by agreeing a corporate objective of ‘to aspire to be a carbon neutral borough by 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.

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Ribble Valley 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.

SectionRibble Valley 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

345.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

5.6 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 Ribble Valley 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
Craven District Council83%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
South Lakeland District Council78%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Melton Borough Council75%No2030July 17, 2019
South Staffordshire Council75%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council74%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
North Yorkshire County Council74%Yes2030No
North Kesteven District Council74%Yes2030July 11, 2019
East Lothian Council73%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Harborough District Council73%No2030June 24, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council72%Yes2030July 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Ribble Valley 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
Melton Borough Council82%No2030July 17, 2019
Northumberland Council80%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council76%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
Stirling Council75%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Angus Council74%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council74%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council73%Yes2030No
North East Derbyshire District Council73%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Fife Council73%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Maldon District Council73%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Hyndburn Borough Council97%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Burnley Borough Council95%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Pendle Borough Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Preston City Council94%No2030April 18, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council94%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Lancaster City Council93%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Craven District Council93%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council93%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Chorley Council93%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Ribble Valley 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
North Kesteven District Council100%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Stratford-on-Avon District Council100%Yes2030July 15, 2019
Richmondshire District Council99%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Hambleton District Council98%No2034Dec. 14, 2021
North Hertfordshire District Council97%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Tandridge District Council97%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2020
Derbyshire Dales District Council97%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council97%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Warwick District Council97%No2030June 26, 2019
Brentwood Borough Council97%No2040No

These councils are the most similar to Ribble Valley 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
Maldon District Council98%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Harborough District Council97%No2030June 24, 2019
Selby District Council95%Yes2030No
North Kesteven District Council93%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Somerset District Council92%Yes2023May 21, 2019
Craven District Council91%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Winchester City Council91%Yes2024June 5, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council90%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Mid Devon District Council90%Yes2030June 26, 2019
East Lothian Council90%No2045Aug. 27, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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