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South Staffordshire Council

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Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 10, 2019.

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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 Staffordshire CouncilAverage district council
Total score34%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

484.3 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.3 tCO2

per person

1.2 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 South Staffordshire 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
Leicestershire County Council86%No2030May 15, 2019
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council83%No2030July 16, 2019
Warwickshire County Council82%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Derbyshire County Council81%Yes2032No
South Derbyshire District Council81%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council81%No2030July 19, 2019
Wiltshire Council81%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Stafford Borough Council81%No2040July 23, 2019
Staffordshire County Council80%Yes2050July 25, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council80%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Staffordshire 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
Sedgemoor District Council86%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Vale of Glamorgan Council86%Yes2030July 29, 2019
Stirling Council86%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Derbyshire County Council85%Yes2032No
Leicestershire County Council85%No2030May 15, 2019
Cherwell District Council85%No2030July 22, 2019
Wychavon District Council84%Yes2050No
East Lothian Council84%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Lancashire County Council83%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Darlington Borough Council82%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Wolverhampton City Council99%No2028July 17, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council97%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020
Staffordshire County Council96%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2030March 10, 2020
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Cannock Chase District Council96%No2030July 17, 2019
Stafford Borough Council96%No2040July 23, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council95%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Bromsgrove District Council94%YesNo targetJuly 24, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Staffordshire 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
East Cambridgeshire District Council99%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Melton Borough Council99%No2030July 17, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council99%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Selby District Council98%Yes2030No
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council97%No2030July 16, 2019
Wiltshire Council97%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
Orkney Islands Council97%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council97%No2040No
Tewkesbury Borough Council96%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Broadland District Council96%No2050No

These councils are the most similar to South Staffordshire 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
Teignbridge District Council97%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council97%No2030July 19, 2019
South Derbyshire District Council95%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority94%Yes2050No
North Lincolnshire Council93%Yes2030No
Vale of White Horse District Council93%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council93%Yes2030July 9, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council92%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council92%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Great Yarmouth Borough Council92%NoNo targetNo

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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