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Take action on climate change

As well as cutting carbon emissions, reducing energy related costs is important to sustaining economic growth for Derbyshire businesses.


Businesses

With increasing energy costs increasingly making up a large proportion of businesses expenditure, training staff in behavioural change and even investing in energy efficient technologies can be highly cost effective.

Here are some ways any business can take action on climate change:

  • build a culture of awareness
  • reduce your waste
  • reduce your travel
  • rethink your supply chain
  • cloud computing
  • save energy

Free energy efficiency audits are available to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Derby and Derbyshire to reduce business costs and carbon emissions.

Business advice is available from the Carbon Trust who can help companies turn good environmental performance into a competitive advantage.

Tackling Climate Change Together

We held the 'Tackling Climate Change Together' event on Tuesday 3 March 2020. The aim of the event was to explore the challenge of delivering the Derbyshire Environment and Climate Change Framework and becoming a 'net-zero carbon' county by 2050. More information about this event is attached to this page.

Communities

Climate change is an issue that affects all of us - whether it is reducing carbon emissions or the impacts of climate change.

Sign up for the community climate action newsletter.

You can find out more about what’s happening locally by visiting the Everybody's talking about climate change website.

Individuals

There are many ways that you can reduce your personal carbon footprint.

In 2017, the average UK resident's carbon footprint was calculated at being 5 tonnes of CO2 per year, down from an average of 9.1 tonnes per person in 2014.

Much of this footprint is made up through:

  • transport (not including aviation) 34%
  • heating 29%
  • electricity usage 21%
  • aviation 12%
  • waste 4%

Although the average person’s carbon footprint is reducing, there needs to be further reductions in CO2 emissions in order to meet the targets of both the national Climate Change Act 2008 and the Derbyshire Climate and Carbon Reduction Manifesto. That means reducing CO2 emissions is everyone’s responsibility and together we can bring about real change.

Carbon Footprint has a carbon footprint calculator for individuals and households.

The World Wide Fund for Nature has launched a questionnaire that can measure your environmental footprint.

There are a number of simple steps that can have significant carbon savings - often saving money in the process!

Transport

Reduce the number of vehicle trips by walking or using a bicycle whenever possible.

Consider replacing current petrol or diesel vehicles with an electric or hybrid equivalent.

Ensure that your vehicle is well-maintained, and the tyres are always properly inflated to improve fuel efficiency.

Improve fuel efficiency by avoiding hard accelerations, turning the engine off when queueing and removing any unnecessary weight from the vehicle.

Try to use public transport such as buses, trams and trains for longer journeys.

Heating

Compare gas providers to see which invest in carbon offsetting.

Ensure you home is adequately insulated. Consider investing in cavity wall insulation if you don’t have it already.

Reduce the indoor temperature to save on heating costs and energy usage. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure you set the heating to turn off when you are to be away from home.

Electricity usage

Compare electricity providers to see which use more renewable (‘green’) energy than others.

Replace any filament-type or halogen light bulbs with LED equivalents. LED bulbs use up to 90% less electricity than halogen bulbs.

Consider investing in solar panels, which produce ‘clean’ renewable energy, and could save you significant money in electricity bills.

Ensure any new appliances such as washing machines, fridges, freezers and ovens have a high rating for energy efficiency.

An energy monitor can help visualise energy usage and highlight how much energy home equipment and appliances use.

Aviation

Aeroplanes are huge carbon emitters, due to their reliance on petroleum-based fuel. The straight-forward way to help reduce those emissions is to fly less frequently, and/or to fly to closer destinations

Reduce, reuse, recycle

You can:

  • reduce the things that you purchase
  • reuse as many of them as you can
  • recycle those that have reached the end of their usefulness

We're encouraging people to recycle whether it be at home, through our household waste recycling centres or even at supermarkets. Read more about rubbish, waste and recycling.

Try to eat locally-produced food, which reduces transport-related emissions (and also helps support the local economy). Organically-produced food also contributes lower carbon emissions than that which uses fertilisers.

Our Love food, hate waste page will help you reduce the amount of food wasted, saving you money and helping the environment.

Foods containing meat and dairy products generally lead to higher carbon emissions than plant-based foods.

Cut water usage by swapping baths for showers, reducing the frequency of car washes, using water reclamation (water butts) for watering the garden, and choosing appliances such as dishwashers and toilets that are water-efficient.

You should also consider carbon offsetting.