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Torridge District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 1, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Torridge District Council have declared a 'Climate Emergency'. We have committed to a target of net zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“Facilitate the reduction of carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 at the latest, to include substantial nature improvement to absorb carbon.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022
Carbon, Environment And Biodiversity Plan June 2021

Action Plan · PDF · Approved · Council Only

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Torridge District Council Action Plan

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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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SectionTorridge District CouncilAverage district council
Total score62%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
13/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
10/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

279.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.1 tCO2

per person

0.3 ktCO2

per km2

36%

Transport

33%

Domestic

16%

Agriculture

11%

Industry

3%

Commercial

1%

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 Torridge 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
West Devon Borough Council79%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Carmarthenshire County Council77%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Herefordshire Council72%Yes2030March 8, 2019
North Devon Council71%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Ceredigion County Council70%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Mid Devon District Council68%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary66%No2030May 16, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council65%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)65%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council64%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Torridge 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
West Devon Borough Council76%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Thanet District Council74%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North Devon Council71%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Mid Devon District Council71%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council71%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Scottish Borders Council68%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Carmarthenshire County Council68%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
East Ayrshire Council65%No2030No
Herefordshire Council64%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary63%No2030May 16, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
West Devon Borough Council95%Yes2030May 21, 2019
North Devon Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Plymouth City Council92%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Teignbridge District Council90%Yes2025April 18, 2019
South Hams District Council90%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Mid Devon District Council90%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Exeter City Council89%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)88%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Swansea City Council88%No2030June 27, 2019
Torbay Council87%Yes2030June 19, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Torridge 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
Carmarthenshire County Council94%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
West Devon Borough Council92%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar90%YesNo targetNo
North Norfolk District Council90%Yes2030April 24, 2019
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council88%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Cornwall Council (Unitary)87%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
Ceredigion County Council87%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Boston Borough Council86%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Isle of Wight Council81%No2030July 24, 2019
Ryedale District Council81%No2050Oct. 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Torridge 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
Herefordshire Council96%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Malvern Hills District Council94%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council93%NoNo targetNo
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council87%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council86%No2030May 2, 2020
Stirling Council85%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Breckland District Council84%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council84%No2045No
Melton Borough Council84%No2030July 17, 2019
Mendip District Council83%Yes2030Feb. 25, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Torridge 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.

    Housing

    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

    torridge.gov.uk
    Torridge District Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Torridge 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 Torridge District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2023). CAPE: Torridge District Council. Available at: http://cape.mysociety.org/councils/torridge-district-council/ [Accessed 26 Mar 2023].

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