Encouraging score for council’s climate change plan
Figures published by Climate Emergency UK have shown that the climate change action plan for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is ranked above the national average and scored second highest in the county.
The council’s plan was assessed along with the plans from a total of 409 local authorities in the country and scored 54%, with the average for UK councils being 46%. In Hampshire, only Fareham Borough Council’s plan scored more with 61%.
All UK councils’ climate change action plans that were published online before 20 September 2021, and written after 2015, were assessed by a team of over 120 volunteers, trained and overseen by Climate Emergency UK, a not-for-profit co-operative. Each council was given a scorecard, with scores being based on councils’ plans for actions to address the climate emergency, rather than reflecting steps already taken.
Residents can find out more about how the council is tackling the climate emergency at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/climate-change-and-sustainability
Cabinet Member for the Natural Environment and Climate Improvement Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “We are grateful to Climate Emergency UK for its hard work and pleased that our plan has scored well, with the assessment reflecting the balance of realistic and achievable actions in our ambitious plan while highlighting best practice examples for us to learn from and base future actions on.
“We’ll be presenting our latest progress on delivering against our strategy and action plan to the Community, Environment and Partnerships Committee in March.”
To view the scores for the council’s climate change action plan in the full table of results see: https://councilclimatescorecards.uk/scoring/district/#jump=basingstoke-and-deane-borough-council