Derbyshire Dales District Council is working towards its commitment to tackling climate change.
With less than 100 days until the UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow the District Council has shared ten actions it is taking to tackle climate change.
These include actions to reduce its own emissions and those to support emissions reductions in the district area.
- In partnership with Freedom Leisure, work will start in the coming weeks to remove gas boilers, install air source heat pumps and solar PV panels at Ashbourne Leisure Centre. When the work is complete in February 2022 emissions will be reduced by 56%.
- The council is beginning a programme of works to improve energy efficiency, remove gas boilers and reduce carbon emissions at Matlock Town Hall, the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell and the council’s depot in Darley Dale.
- A fleet review is underway to determine the most cost effective way of making Council vehicles low emission by 2030.
- Eighteen senior council leaders will be attending ‘carbon literacy’ training in October so that they can achieve the behavioural change necessary to address the scale and urgency of the climate emergency and meet the carbon neutral target.
- Work will begin soon to install energy efficiency measures such as external wall insulation and solar PV panels in a further 89 properties across the district to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.
- The council is applying for nearly £1 million of additional funding to expand its housing fuel poverty programme helping improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the worst performing homes across the district.
- In partnership with other neighbouring local authorities a programme of work will begin in September to strengthen the council’s approach to enforcing minimum energy efficiency standards in privately rented properties.
- The Council is offering a free public ‘Electric Vehicle’ webinar in September to help residents understand the shift to lower emission vehicles – register at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/goelectric
- Local taxi drivers have been offered the opportunity to test drive electric vehicles suitable for their needs through a locally held course in September.
- Feasibility work and funding applications are ongoing to expand the number of electric vehicle charge points in council car parks with new installations planned in 2022.
The Council resolved unanimously at its meeting on 30 May 2019 declare a Climate Emergency, make Derbyshire Dales District Council carbon neutral by 2030, call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible and work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies
At its meeting on 25 July 2019 the Council agreed to form a Climate Change Task Group, proposed to act as an advisory body to Council, to develop thinking and actions required to deliver upon the commitment to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030.
More information about the Council’s commitment to climate change can be found on their website www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/climatechange