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Climate change

The challenge of global climate change and our need to reduce carbon emissions, cut waste and be greener in all we do has never been so great.

We've made great strides in Derbyshire over the last 2 years but there's always so much more we can and should do.

We're tackling unnecessary waste, reducing emissions from our street lighting by 63% and overall emissions from our operations by 48% since 2010. We're actively supporting new electric vehicle charging points across the county and introducing measures to reduce single-use plastics across the council.

In May 2019, we published a series of carbon reduction pledges  which takes our commitments a step further and makes a strong public statement – one to which the people of Derbyshire can hold us accountable.

We pledge to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our buildings and operations by 55% by 2022 compared to 2010
  • work with borough and district councils, utilities and property developers to champion eco-homes fit for the future and to help communities and businesses become less dependent on energy
  • work with Derbyshire businesses and local government partners in China, Japan, India and other countries to reduce carbon emissions in business and tourism activities
  • support renewable energy generation, both large scale and microgeneration, on our land and buildings and in our communities working alongside partners such as D2N2 and the Midlands Energy Hub
  • promote energy efficiency, including reducing energy use in older buildings and through the use of smart technology
  • support low carbon businesses to establish and flourish in Derbyshire, creating new jobs across the county
  • foster green energy entrepreneurs to develop renewable or zero carbon energy production
  • attract companies into Derbyshire who will carry out research and development and upskill the workforce in partnership with universities and training providers
  • use our buying power to support businesses and schools to become more sustainable
  • support and promote the development of low carbon travel and low emission vehicles, introduce electric vehicles into our fleet and explore opportunities for low carbon fuels for HGVs
  • develop, through our close partnerships with district and borough councils, solutions that minimise waste, particularly food waste and single-use plastics, and increase recycling
  • ensure we buy and use goods which are more sustainable and can be reused or recycled and wherever possible waste products are used to benefit the local economy
  • call on the UK government to ensure the level of investment and national planning regulations support our ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Derbyshire
  • produce further targets and objectives for carbon reduction, within 6 months, after considering latest recommendations made to the UK government

In November 2019, Cabinet members approved 2 new carbon reduction policies including plans to become carbon neutral by 2032.

In leading by example and bringing together local people, voluntary groups, other councils and businesses to tackle climate change we believe we'll win hearts and minds and work to put climate change on everyone’s agenda in Derbyshire.

Heat networks

Heat networks form an important part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions and cut heating bills for public, domestic and commercial sectors.

They're considered one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions from heating. And provide a unique opportunity to exploit larger scale – and often lower cost – renewable and recovered heat sources that otherwise cannot be used.

A heat network is a distribution system of insulated and buried pipes that takes energy, typically heat, from a central source and delivers it to a number of domestic or non-domestic buildings. The heat source could be a combined heat and power plant. Or heat recovered from industry and urban infrastructure, canals, rivers and mine water, or energy from waste plants which may otherwise be released to the atmosphere. The heat distributed through the network can be used by customers to heat space and water.

With funding support from the Heat Networks Delivery Unit, we've completed a heat mapping and energy master planning study for Derbyshire. This is the first stage into investigating the feasibility of developing heat networks in the county.

Sustainable travel

We want to help you think about transport and help you move towards more sustainable travel options such as walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.

Find out more about sustainable travel.