Council’s carbon reductions remove equivalent of 194 cars off roads permanently

Over the last twelve months, North East Derbyshire District Council has removed 892T of Co2 from the air, equivalent to removing 194 cars from the roads – permanently.

The authority declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and has been working hard to reduce its carbon emissions and plan for a more sustainable future for residents and businesses.

Climate Change is at the heart of all key decisions and the council which has recently invested £1.5m into Eckington Leisure Centre, installing air source heat pumps and new windows which will reduce the centres carbon emissions by 66% when the pool re-opens in December 2021.

The council has been working closely with housing partner Rykneld Homes to install external wall insulation into more than 400 properties in the district – reducing people’s energy bills at a time when it’s needed most and making 1.2 tonnes of carbon savings per property per year – that is the equivalent of planting 192 hectares of woodland.

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Cllr Jeremy Kenyon said, “We have been working incredibly hard to put long term carbon reducing measures in place to safeguard our future generations. We are investing heavily in our leisure centres, making huge carbon savings and improving the facilities for our communities.

“Climate Change action is at the heart of all we do – helping make a more sustainable future for us all and acting on our pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“The time to act is now and we are incredibly proud to be leading the way with some fantastic initiatives which are already making huge reductions in carbon and helping our residents make vital savings on their energy bills with the external wall insulation on their properties.”

The council’s commitments and work so far can be seen on the Climate Change – what we are doing video on their YouTube channel.