Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to human life now and has the potential to cause catastrophic problems for generations to come.
Immediate action is critical if we are to avoid the worst impacts of this climate emergency. Whilst the matter is obviously of global significance, it is important that we also address the issues in our area.
On 20 February 2019, we declared a climate emergency and pledged to:
- immediately adopt a new target of 60% by 2030 making significant progress towards making the county and ourselves carbon neutral, taking into account both production and consumption emissions
- investigate what further actions are necessary to make the county completely carbon neutral by 2050
Climate change strategy and delivery plan
Together with the County Durham Environment Partnership, we have produced a climate change strategy and delivery plan. These documents set out how we plan to tackle emissions and how we will prepare for the most likely impacts of emissions which already affect the atmosphere. The delivery plan will be regularly updated to highlight current and forthcoming work in the county.
The County Durham Climate Change Strategy and Delivery Plan-Durham's Vision for a Low Carbon County report is available in our Cabinet agenda and minutes 15 July 2015 (agenda item 16), and its recommendations were approved.
The strategy and delivery plan can be downloaded at County Durham Environment Partnership: documents.
Climate Emergency Expo 17 July
On Wednesday 17 July we hosted a Climate Emergency Expo. We were joined by not for profit groups and local companies exhibiting energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles and bikes. Visitors found out more about training and learning, how we are looking to address climate change.The following organisations took part:
- Oakes Energy, commercial and domestic renewable energy systems
- Elmtronics, electric car charges and charging
- National Energy Action, a national charity working to end poverty
- Green Team Partnership, plumbing, heat and air conditioning
- EV Innovate UK, looking at increasing the uptake of electric vehicles
- 4Navitas, UK based vertical axis and wind turbine manufacturer
- Community Energy England, community led renewable energy
- Housing Regeneration, partnerships, policies and plans which shape our approach to improving private sector housing in the county
- Co Wheels, pay as you go car hire scheme
- Geesink, waste management product manufacturer
- North Pennines AONB Partnership. Covering almost 2000 km2 in Cumbria, Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire.
- Civil Contingency Unit, ensuring preparations are in place for the people of County Durham in the event of an emergency
- Environment Agency, working to create better places for people and wildlife
- Emerald Biogas, the region's first commercial food waste and anaerobic digestion facility
- Milwaukee Tools, electric garden and landscaping
- Durham Woodland Revival/Woodland Trust, managing, planting and enjoying woods
- North East Local Nature Partnership, leading on biodiversity, green infrastructure and land restoration. Helping to grow a green and low carbon economy
- Food Durham, supporting and championing local food producers
- EWT, encouraging lower carbon and more sustainable forms of power generation
- The E-bike store, electric bikes
- Energy's Group, solutions for challenges within energy
- Durham Energy Institute, Durham University
- Eco2 Smart Schools, reducing energy bills for schools
- Our representatives from the following teams: Accessibility planning; Business energy efficiency; INSPIRE; Climate change.