Research by Friends of the Earth has shown that Bolton is only 68 per cent climate-friendly.

The figures have been used to develop a new online tool to tell users how their local authority is performing in areas like renewable energy, housing and waste.

Wiltshire was found to be the best performing local authority overall, with a score of 92 per cent.

Salford topped the tables in the North West, coming joint fifth at 84 per cent.

Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth chief executive, said: “All local authorities, even the best performing, need to ramp up what they are doing.

“We know we are facing a climate and ecological emergency that threatens our existence and the natural world. If we want to change things for the better, let’s start at home.

“Doing things right now about climate change isn’t just good news for future generations and people most vulnerable to an erratic climate, it’s good for everyone – creating cleaner and greener places means healthier, happier lives.”

The statistics suggest that Bolton particularly needs to focus on decreasing the use of cars for commutes, improving home insulation, and increasing renewable energy.

Currently, only a quarter of commuter journeys are made by public transport, cycling, and walking. This should be more than doubled by 2030.

Only 35 per cent of homes in Bolton are well insulated, with an Energy Performance Certificate rating A, B, or C.

Less-insulated homes cost more to run as heat escapes the building. This leads to a waste of energy, high greenhouse gas emissions, and unnecessarily high energy bills.

One in ten households are predicted to be in fuel poverty in the area, an issue that poor insulation contributes to.

Almost half of all household waste in the borough is reused, recycled, or composted, but this should increase to 70 per cent over the next decade.

Forty per cent of emissions come from housing, with transport and industrial and commercial emissions both accounting for roughly 30 per cent each.

Over 10,000 neighbourhoods in the UK were deemed particularly vulnerable to flooding due to their location and 12 social vulnerability factors like income, age, employment, and health.

There are 68 neighbourhoods in Bolton with a high social risk for surface flooding, and the authority is urged to target these areas for support.