Climate change is everyone’s responsibility
To stay within the targets set out in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the whole of the Derbyshire Dales has a carbon emissions budget of 3.6 million tonnes for the period of 2020 to 2100. At 2017 emission levels, Derbyshire Dales would use this entire budget within 7 years from 2020.
This budget comes from a report by the University of Manchester and the Tyndall Centre. The UK budget to meet the Paris Agreement has been split between regions to arrive at the figure. It doesn’t include emissions from aviation and shipping and non-CO2 emissions aren’t included.
To put this into perspective, while the council’s direct emissions from natural gas, electricity, directly controlled owned transport, and grey fleet were 807 tonnes CO2e in 2019-2020, the figure for the district area was estimated to be over 500,000 tonnes in 2018 (BEIS UK local authority and regional carbon dioxide emissions national statistics: 2005 to 2018). That means we need to act individually and collectively if we are going to meet national targets.
If you are interested in joining a local community group to take practical action, or simply further your understanding of climate change issues then information is available here.
The Council is committed to working with the community to explore how we can work together to ensure greater and sustained community involvement.
Opportunities for community engagement will be shared on our website and social media.