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South Ribble Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 24, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“The borough sets a goal of rendering the borough carbon neutral by the year 2030. For avoidance of doubt, this goal means the borough shall produce no net carbon emissions by this date, taking into account of actions that have the effect of removing carbon from the environment.”

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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SectionSouth Ribble Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score60%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

529.5 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.8 tCO2

per person

4.6 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 South Ribble 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
North East Derbyshire District Council83%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Warrington Borough Council83%Yes2030June 7, 2019
Erewash Borough Council82%No2050No
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Amber Valley Borough Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council81%No2030March 28, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council80%No2030April 3, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council79%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council78%No2030July 17, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council78%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to South Ribble 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
Caerphilly County Borough Council92%Yes2030June 4, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council91%No2030July 22, 2022
Hyndburn Borough Council89%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Pendle Borough Council87%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Newport City Council86%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
North East Derbyshire District Council86%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Maldon District Council85%No2030Feb. 4, 2021
Bolsover District Council85%YesNo targetNo
Fife Council85%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
East Suffolk Council84%No2030July 24, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Preston City Council98%No2030April 18, 2019
Chorley Council98%Yes2030Nov. 19, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Fylde Borough Council95%NoNo targetNo
Wyre Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2038July 17, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council93%No2030Sept. 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Ribble 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
Dacorum Council96%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Hertsmere Borough Council95%Yes2050Sept. 18, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council95%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council95%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Gedling Borough Council94%Yes2030Nov. 20, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council94%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Fylde Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Warwickshire County Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019
West Sussex County Council94%Yes2030April 5, 2019
High Peak Borough Council93%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Ribble 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
Bracknell Forest Council99%Yes2050No
Erewash Borough Council98%No2050No
Runnymede Borough Council98%NoNo targetOct. 17, 2019
Hartlepool Borough Council98%NoNo targetNo
Ashfield District Council98%NoNo targetNo
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council97%Yes2030No
West Dunbartonshire Council97%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Burnley Borough Council97%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council96%Yes2027July 17, 2019


This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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