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Our climate change challenge

Urgent action is needed to prevent further global warming and we all have a part to play.


Our aim is to reduce emissions generated by the county council to net-zero by 2032 or sooner and help the rest of Derbyshire reduce carbon emissions generated within the county to net zero by 2050 or sooner. This is in line with national Government targets.

Our net zero target

Net zero means reducing our carbon emissions right down to the lowest possible level and off-setting those that cannot be cut through measures such as planting more trees and other forms of habitat creation to absorb excess carbon from the atmosphere, making the overall net emissions zero.

Global warming is likely to reach at least 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 (compared to pre-industrial levels) if warming continues to increase at the current rate, so we need to act now to keep UK temperatures and rainfall close to manageable levels and avoid further, potentially more catastrophic, impacts.

But reducing the amount of carbon emissions generated in Derbyshire isn’t something we can do on our own. We need the whole county to get involved.

It’s a big challenge but the benefits are massive. Changes we make now will help global issues like protecting our marine life from rising sea temperatures and local issues too like preventing recent severe weather events from happening more regularly. 

Action on climate change and reducing emissions can benefit our communities in other ways such as lowering energy bills, creating local jobs and unlocking low carbon technologies and innovation, reducing fuel poverty, improving health and wellbeing, avoiding flood damage costs, enhancing green spaces and improving air quality. 

As well as reducing emissions, we need to be better prepared to deal with the effects of a changing climate, such as more severe weather like heat waves, storms and heavy and prolonged rainfall, as well as take action to protect and enhance biodiversity and waste less natural resources. 

We’re working with people in our communities, businesses, local councils, interest groups and Government to reduce carbon emissions in Derbyshire to net zero.

Find out how we will achieve carbon zero and how you can get involved.