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Derbyshire County Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2032

“Derbyshire County Council has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by March 2022 compared to the 2009-10 baseline, with the ultimate goal of becoming net zero carbon by 2032.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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SectionDerbyshire County CouncilAverage county council
Total score38%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

3609.9 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.5 tCO2

per person

1.4 ktCO2

per km2

33%

Transport

33%

Domestic

23%

Industry

6%

Commercial

3%

Public Sector

3%

Agriculture

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities. Data has been combined from constituent local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Derbyshire County Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Amber Valley Borough Council93%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Staffordshire County Council91%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council89%No2030May 27, 2021
North East Derbyshire District Council88%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council88%No2030April 3, 2019
Lancashire County Council86%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Cheshire West and Chester Council85%Yes2030May 21, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council85%No2030July 28, 2021
Wyre Forest District Council85%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Worcestershire County Council85%Yes2030July 15, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Derbyshire County Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Amber Valley Borough Council93%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Leicestershire County Council89%No2030May 15, 2019
East Suffolk Council88%No2030July 24, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council87%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Staffordshire County Council87%Yes2050July 25, 2019
South Staffordshire Council86%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council85%No2030April 3, 2019
Lancashire County Council85%No2030Feb. 28, 2019
Stirling Council84%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
Fife Council84%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Amber Valley Borough Council98%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council98%Yes2030May 30, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council97%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Derby City Council96%No2050May 23, 2019
Leicestershire County Council96%No2030May 15, 2019
Chesterfield Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Erewash Borough Council95%No2050No
South Derbyshire District Council95%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Ashfield District Council95%NoNo targetNo
Bolsover District Council94%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Derbyshire County Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Bedford Borough Council98%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council98%Yes2030July 24, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council98%No2030July 28, 2021
West Lothian Council97%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council97%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Kent County Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Worcestershire County Council96%Yes2030July 15, 2021
East Sussex County Council95%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Flintshire County Council95%NoNo targetNo
Nottinghamshire County Council95%No2030May 27, 2021

These councils are the most similar to Derbyshire County Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Cheshire West and Chester Council99%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Essex County Council98%Yes2030No
Maidstone Borough Council98%No2030April 10, 2019
New Forest District Council98%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Epping Forest District Council98%Yes2030Sept. 19, 2019
Kent County Council98%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council97%Yes2025July 18, 2019
Lancaster City Council96%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Chorley Council96%No2030Nov. 19, 2019
West Sussex County Council96%Yes2030April 5, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Derbyshire County Council is a County Council, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste disposal

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    derbyshire.gov.uk
    Derbyshire County Council’s official homepage.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Derbyshire County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/derbyshire-county-council/ [Accessed 26 Sep 2022].

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