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Our journey to net zero carbon

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.

Journey to Net Zero Derbyshire

Over the coming months and years we'll be working with people in our communities, businesses, local councils, interest groups and government to radically reduce carbon emissions across the county.

Find out more about our climate change challenge.

Our Climate Change Strategy for Derbyshire was approved by our Cabinet members on 14 October 2021. You can find it attached to this page along with a shorter summary version which sets out how we are going to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions over the next few years. The strategy sets out where in the county our carbon emissions come from and which parts of our everyday lives we need to change to address this.

By January 2023 we aim to:

  • use results from the Derbyshire Renewable Energy Study to explore and increase renewable energy generation across the county  
  • have a formal sustainable procurement policy approved and in place to influence and manage our process for buying goods and services to reduce environmental impact and improve sustainability
  • have an agreed target date to reduce emissions from our schools to net zero, and be working with schools across the county to reduce emissions, leading to wider environmental benefits and awareness among schools and their communities
  • work with other councils in Derbyshire to apply findings from the natural capital and biodiversity strategy to enhance and protect Derbyshire’s natural resources
  • have delivered climate change training to a significant number of our staff and councillors
  • be continuing to work in partnership with district and borough councils and private businesses to install electric vehicle charge points across the county, and be on track to install 1,000 charge points by 2025
  • start carrying out climate change impact assessments on all of our biggest infrastructure projects 

As well as carrying out work to better understand the risks associated with climate change in Derbyshire, we'll also be focusing on adaptation. That means looking at what we need to do to prepare for the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather, and build resilience in our communities. We'll also be looking at what natural assets Derbyshire has, such as soil, minerals, air and water – what it needs more of, and what we need to put in place and where to make sure we replace them when we use them. This will include planting a million trees to help off-set the county's carbon emissions.

Vision Derbyshire

We’ve worked with each of the district and borough councils in Derbyshire to develop a joint Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy (2022-2025). You can find this attached to this page.

This strategy focuses on how Derbyshire’s councils can work together, as well as with central government, businesses, communities, and individuals across the county, to reduce carbon emissions. 

The Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy is not intended to replace the Derbyshire County Council Climate Change Strategy, instead it complements it, and sets out key common areas where Derbyshire councils can work together.

You can also find out what we've done so far to help cut carbon emissions in our timeline.

Find out how you can get involved.