Purpose: The county council has set a goal to reach net zero by 2050, in line with the national government target. The strategy examines how the county council can cut its own direct emissions and those that it has control and influence over. It also looks to set out an engagement strategy so that the council can constructively work with residents in the implementation process.
Description: First, the strategy sets out the council and the wider county’s emissions profile and calculates what it has control and or influence over. From this, the strategy separates its decarbonisation plan into four sections: council emissions, low carbon economy, transport and infrastructure, and waste and resources. Each area has a list of priorities that the council needs to act upon to remain on track for net zero by 2050. It details the benefits of making the changes to the wider community, including the availability of skilled green jobs, creating an affordable and reliable public transport network, and cost efficiency for council expenditure. The strategy also integrates other environmental plans produced by the council including on air quality, biodiversity, and energy to identify commonalities.
Conservative councillor/ council lead: Cllr Carolyn Renwick, cabinet member for infrastructure and environment
Further links: Vision Derbyshire, Climate Change Strategy 2025-2035, Derbyshire and Derby city air quality strategy, D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire energy strategy, Derbyshire County Council renewable energy study.
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