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Climate change

Information about our approach to climate change, guidance for community action and advice for individuals and businesses looking to reduce carbon emissions.

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report 2014 says:

“Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes. This evidence for human influence has grown since Annual Report 4. It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

Climate Change Act 2008

The UK Climate Change Act 2008 was the first legally binding government legislation to commit the UK to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. The act also committed government and local authorities to plan to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Tackling climate change is one of the major challenges for the 21st century. The Derbyshire Climate Change Charter sets out our ambition to cut carbon emissions and prepare our county for the effects of climate change. We cannot do it alone. Every organisation and individual in our county can contribute by reducing their impacts. We're committed to this agenda and are making Derbyshire a fantastic place to live in today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

The Derbyshire Climate Change Charter has 2 main aims:

  1. To provide a Derbyshire-wide ambition and course of action to tackle climate change based on 6 key priority areas. This will be done by:
    • Identifying and developing specific actions to be taken to reduce the risks associated with negative climate change impacts and build countywide resilience to these impacts.
    • A Climate Change Action Plan will be developed across the 6 key priority areas in the charter.
    • Developing and delivering the Climate Change Action Plan through partnership working and the development of joint initiatives. This approach acknowledges that in order to tackle climate change issues. No single organisation can do this in isolation.
    • Enabling partnership working to identify and take advantage of the positive effects of climate change.
    • Helping organisations, businesses and communities to understand their impact on climate change and their contribution towards reducing that impact.
  2. To provide our communities, our members and partners with a single point of reference for climate change action happening both within the council and across the county:
    • Action on climate change has been happening for many years and carried out in many different ways, much of which goes unrepresented. This charter aims to link all the hard work together and provide a starting point and information hub for all to use.
    • It is expected that the charter will grow and evolve over time to reflect changes in the climate, technology and available resources.
    • The charter will be an online based document that will be accessible to businesses, community groups and individuals. This will allow for sharing of ideas, avoid duplication and encourage collaborative approaches to tackling climate change.