Climate change is everyone’s responsibility
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 2019 (BEIS UK local authority and regional carbon dioxide emissions national statistics: 2005 to 2019).
It is clear 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 the Everybody's Talking About website has more information including links to local events.
The carbon footprint of the Derbyshire Dales
Where do our district wide carbon emissions come from?
The carbon footprint of the Derbyshire Dales in 2019 (Scatter, 2019)
- Stationary energy (44.8%) - emissions from use of fuel in buildings, manufacturing industries, construction processes and power plants
- Transportation (28.7%) - emissions from the combustion of fuel or use of electricity during journeys travelled by road, rail, air or water for inter-city and international travel
- Waste (1.58%) - emissions from the disposal and treatment of solid waste and wastewater (emissions produced through incineration, aerobic and anaerobic decomposition)
- Industrial processes and product use (IPPU) (3.89%) - emissions from industrial processes
- Agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) (21%) - emissions from methane created by livestock, nutrient management for agricultural purposes, and land use change altering soil compositions
Support for local businesses
Businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet. No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs. Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. Going greener might look different for every business, but there are steps you can take whether you’re just starting out or further along the road to zero emissions.
If you are you a small or medium-sized business based in the Derbyshire Dales keen improve your environmental performance you can work with other ‘pro-environmental’ businesses and University of Derby experts to make the shift to sustainable business practices that will help you cut costs, win more business and attract and retain top quality staff.
To discuss the needs of your business, and discover what support may be available, speak to our Business Advisor.