Climate change

Climate change is an existential threat. Extreme weather events have caused damage and destruction in this country and have led to deaths and displacement of thousands of people worldwide. Natural habitats, wildlife and biodiversity are in peril, not only from climate change, but they are being adversely affected by human intervention, which in turn is enhancing the effects of climate change.

Scientists are warning that we have a little over a decade to implement urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before we reach a global tipping point. Action is required at international, national, local and individual level to achieve the carbon reduction levels needed.


Our greenhouse gas emissions:

2019/20 – 807t CO2e

2020/21 – 585.5t CO2e

The Council is pleased to see an overall decrease in total emissions of CO2e from its buildings and vehicle use in 2020-21. However, we acknowledge that last year was far from ‘normal’ for us all and that reductions were due, in the main, to operational changes as a result of the pandemic – for example, business travel reduced by 58% as we endeavoured to keep our staff safe.

In this reporting year we hope to gradually return to some normality, improve data collection and the scope of what we can measure. We could therefore see a comparatively higher figure in 2021-22 versus 2020-21 depending on the progress of some of the works below.

The Council’s Climate Change strategy and action plan sets out a potential pathway to achieving the Councils aim of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Priorities as part of the plan in respect of our own emissions this year will be to:
  • Begin a programme of works to decrease carbon emissions from 3 key sites (the Town Hall, the depot and ABC) through installation of energy efficiency measures, moving away from fossil fuel heating and the installation of solar PV panels
  • Install electric vehicle charge points at the depot in Darley Dale and begin the programme of moving to low emission fleet vehicles
In addition, in partnership with Freedom Leisure, we will:
  • Complete the energy efficiency and carbon reduction programme of works at Ashbourne Leisure Centre. This project is due to complete by February 2022 
Tackling climate change is one of the Council’s top priorities. In May 2019 we declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030.

View the emissions report.

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