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Carbon zero - the journey so far

Our timeline showing everything we've done so far, or are currently working on, to tackle climate change.

Take a look at our climate change strategy summary to find out how we are going to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions over the next few years.


Transport and travel:

Council buildings and services:

  • running a climate change training programme for staff and councillors, which will soon include mandatory climate change training for new members of staff
  • sustainable procurement policy approved by Cabinet in June 2022 to change our process for buying goods and services to reduce environmental impact and improve sustainability

Natural resources:

  • working with other councils in Derbyshire to deliver a Renewable Energy Study to better understand the renewable energy opportunities in the county

Our homes:

  • launched a consultation to find out what support private homeowners in Derbyshire need to improve the energy efficiency of their homes

Community engagement:

  • engaging with young people across the county through the Derbyshire Youth Network to co-design and co-deliver projects and initiatives for young people around climate change action and awareness
  • published our plan for how we will engage with local communities to deliver the Climate Change Strategy for Derbyshire

Vision Derbyshire:

2021 and earlier

Transport and travel:

  • exploring the potential that hydrogen can make to decarbonising transport in and around the county, such as the potential for hydrogen-powered buses, vans and other heavy vehicles
  • investing in the county's Key Cycle Network
  • working in partnership with district and borough councils and private enterprise to install 1,000 electric vehicle charge points across the county by 2025
  • assessing all of the county's train and bus stations to see whether we can improve cycling and walking links at each one
  • launching a project to look at rolling out e-bike hire in the Peak Park area
  • working with job centres to offer sustainable travel advice and incentives to jobseekers
  • launching a project to increase the number of people taking up cycle training

Business and industry:

  • running a Green Entrepreneurs Fund programme offering grants to eligible micro, small and medium sized businesses to kick-start the county's carbon reduction and alternative energy agenda and boost local businesses - this includes a scholarship fund to skill-up the alternative energy workforce of tomorrow
  • supported Derbyshire businesses to cut their carbon emissions through the DE-Carbonise programme
  • held a Tackling Climate Change Together summit in March 2020, attended by more than 150 people from local businesses, housing developers, councils and other public bodies

Council buildings and services:

  • de-carbonising our vehicle fleet with electric vehicles and the use of other low emission fuels
  • reduced emissions from our street lighting by 80% in 11 years through the introduction of LED street lights
  • set up an Improvement and Scrutiny Committee for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Carbon Reduction to scrutinise decisions and plans made about climate change and sustainability issues
  • approved a policy to reduce the amount of single-use plastics we use in our buildings and the services we provide
  • developing an approach to working with schools across the county to reduce emissions and lead to wider environmental benefits and awareness among schools and their communities

Natural resources:

  • putting together a natural capital and biodiversity strategy which will take a close look at Derbyshire's natural assets – such as soil, minerals, air, water and biodiversity – assess what resources we need more of, where existing resources can be enhanced, and the measures needed to replace natural resources when we use them
  • developing plans to support the planting of up to a million new trees in Derbyshire by 2030, while looking at other types of habitat protection and creation as part of potential carbon-offsetting and wider environmentally beneficial opportunities
  • working with partners to maintain and create more wildflower-friendly verges and agree a co-ordinated approach for the management of roadside verges as they can be a valuable haven for wildlife
  • looking at what we, together with partner organisations, can do to achieve biodiversity net gain and biodiversity off-setting in Derbyshire, linked to the requirements of the 2021 Environment Act

Our homes:

  • working with district and borough councils to help ensure future housing and other development across the county is more environmentally-friendly
  • working with districts and borough councils to use government funding to retro-fit housing as well as working with them to develop a county-wide approach to energy projects
  • heat mapping survey commissioned in 2018, using funding from the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to identify locations across the county with sources of potential heat and clusters of buildings with high heat demand to assess the feasibility of developing district heating networks in Derbyshire
  • continuing our work to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and increase recycling and composting across the county

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