Dales councillors back net zero target actions

Derbyshire Dales councillors have unanimously supported a series of actions that further the District Council’s progress towards its 2030 net zero carbon emissions target.

At a full council meeting yesterday (Thursday 14 October) councillors backed the actions, which include a grant application for £807,116 made to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for energy efficiency works and low carbon heating at authority's Matlock Town Hall headquarters, Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell and Northwood depot.

If successful, work will complete by March 2023, reducing emissions by 136.68t CO2e annually – down by 17% on the Council’s 2019/20 total.

Thursday's meeting also approved a revenue budget of up to £30,000 to fund the engagement of an expert partner to carry out a detailed feasibility study into the technical and financial viability of solar PV installations on Council land.

Other actions will include disposing of the Council's Civic Car without replacement as part of a fleet emission reductions programme, and a ‘climate change impact assessment tool’ will be trialled for reports presented to Council, providing a consistent method of assessing the impact of projects or activities on the climate.

Councillors also approved a climate change delivery plan – a working document supporting the core aims of the Council's Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. The delivery plan will evolve as projects progress. As well as addressing the Council’s own emissions the delivery plan also seeks to set out actions in respect of supporting emissions reductions in the district.

These include:
  • Delivery of further phases of the housing retrofit scheme across the district, reducing emissions and tackling fuel poverty – a grant application has been made for a further £907,500 of funding
  • Funding the installation of electric points in Hall Leys Park so that event organisers do not have to rely on generators to provide power
  • Organising and funding the visit of the ‘fantastic homes’ exhibition to our market towns and main villages to engage with and advise residents about domestic energy efficiency, renewables and low carbon heating
  • Developing a community engagement plan – bringing together residents to discuss what collective action is possible on climate change
Pictured above: Installation of solar PV panels has started at Ashbourne Leisure Centre as part of grant funded emissions reductions project in partnership with Freedom Leisure

View the 14 October council debate on our YouTube channel below:
Derbyshire Dales councillors have unanimously supported a series of actions that further the District Council’s progress towards its 2030 net zero carbon emissions target.

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