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Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Climate pledge for 2030

“It's two years this month since Staffordshire Moorlands District Council declared a climate emergency. Since then the Climate Change sub-committee has been established and a work programme agreed - including the development of an action plan to help achieve the goal of becoming carbon neutral 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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Staffordshire Moorlands District Council was a top performer amongst district councils.

SectionStaffordshire Moorlands District CouncilAverage district council
Top performer Total score87%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
Section 3 · Top performer Commitment and integration
Section 4 · Top performer Community, engagement and communications
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
Section 6 Co-benefits
Section 7 · Top performer Diversity and inclusion
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
Section 9 Ecological emergency

Emissions data

477.8 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.9 tCO2

per person

0.8 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 Staffordshire Moorlands 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
Rugby Borough Council75%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council75%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Wyre Council75%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Carlisle City Council75%No2030March 5, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council75%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Monmouthshire County Council74%Yes2030May 16, 2019
South Kesteven District Council72%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council72%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Staffordshire County Council71%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council71%Yes2030May 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Staffordshire Moorlands 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
Rother District Council80%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council74%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council72%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Carlisle City Council70%No2030March 5, 2019
Cumbria County Council69%Yes2050No
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council69%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council68%Yes2030May 9, 2019
South Hams District Council67%Yes2030July 25, 2019
North Norfolk District Council67%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Wyre Council67%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Stoke-on-Trent City Council96%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council95%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Derbyshire Dales District Council95%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Leicestershire County Council94%No2030May 15, 2019
Stafford Borough Council94%No2040July 23, 2019
High Peak Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council94%No2030April 3, 2019
Staffordshire County Council94%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council93%No2030March 28, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)93%Yes2025May 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Staffordshire Moorlands 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
New Forest District Council98%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Mid Suffolk District Council98%Yes2030July 25, 2019
East Lothian Council97%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council97%Yes2050May 14, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council97%No2040No
South Derbyshire District Council97%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Wiltshire Council96%No2030Feb. 26, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council96%Yes2030No
Scottish Borders Council96%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council96%No2030July 16, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Staffordshire Moorlands 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
Test Valley Borough Council98%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Cherwell District Council98%No2030July 22, 2019
Derry City and Strabane District Council98%Yes2045June 27, 2019
Stroud District Council96%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
South Ayrshire Council94%No2045No
Carlisle City Council93%No2030March 5, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council93%No2038April 10, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council92%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Mole Valley District Council91%No2030June 18, 2019
Boston Borough Council90%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020

Powers & Responsibilities

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

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