Derbyshire Climate Coalition
campaigners would like to give you an update on what has been happening. The
following councils have declared a Climate Emergency (the dates with embedded
links to council papers are shown in brackets).
Derby City (22/05/2019); passed unanimously but no date, little follow up action but it has agreed to appoint a paid climate change coordinator.
Amber Valley Borough (24/07/2019); Motion passed for net zero by 2030.
Chesterfield Borough (17/07/2019); failed to include
date of 2030 or accept amendment to do so.
Derbyshire Dales District (30/05/2019); Motion strengthened
High Peak Borough (15/10/2019); Motion passed unanimously
– 2030 date.
NE Derbyshire District (08/07/2019); Motion amended (80%
reduction by 2030 with aim of 100%).
South Derbyshire District (27/06/2019); Unanimous but watered
THREE COUNCILS HAVE
DEBATED THE EMERGENCY BUT REFUSED TO DECLARE IT FORMALLY, namely :
the Council issued an alternative climate manifesto and, despite issues with
the Leader of the Council, some good work is being done in partnership.
to debate need for motion at future date.
It is great that all the councils have made some moves and some actions are being taken. But there is a lot more planning and lobbying to be done. We need councils to turn their political promises in to concrete action – leading the way where the national government continues to fail.
Friends of the Earth has analysed how different local authority areas across England and Wales are taking action to cut greenhouse gases. They have also compared local authority areas with other similar local authority areas. For full details click on this link.
Here is the summary of targets for the Derby area:
Cease supporting or promoting new high carbon infrastructure, such as roads or airports
Annual emissions reductions – 13%
Homes to insulate per year – 6,978
Number of eco-heating systems, such as heat pumps, to fit each year – 3,841
Proportion of commuters walking, cycling or using public transport by 2030 – 60%
Increase lift-sharing – major employers should aim to have 40% of their staff who travel to work by car doing so by lift-sharing
Electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 – at least 119 stations
Renewable energy – at least 37MW
Trees – Aim for 20% tree cover
Household waste reuse, recycling and composting by 2025 – 70% (on path to reach zero waste as soon as possible)
Divestment – zero investment in fossil fuel companies as soon as possible.