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Climate Change

Climate change is affecting every country in the world. Weather events are becoming more and more extreme, weather patterns are changing and sea levels are rising. Across the UK it is expected that we will have warmer, wetter winters; hotter and drier summers and more frequent and intense weather extremes.

In 2019 the levels of Carbon dioxide (CO2), and other greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, rose to new level. It was the second warmest year on record and the end of the warmest decade (2010- 2019) ever recorded.

This highlighted the need for immediate and urgent action and saw Local Authorities across the country declaring a climate change emergency and committing to becoming carbon neutral.


Climate Change Emergency Declaration

High Peak Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency on October 15th 2019. The declaration commits the Council to become carbon neutral in its internal operations and the services it delivers, by 2030, and to work with partners to help achieve this target for the High Peak as a whole.

The terms of reference in regards to the declaration can be viewed here online.


HPBC Climate Change Working Group

Throughout 2020, and into 2021, the Climate Change Working Group has continued to meet to discuss and agree actions going forward in respect of a number of key themes:

Biodiversity, Transport and Travel, Housing and Domestic Buildings, Planning, Commercial Buildings and Industry, Agriculture and Land-Use, Waste and Energy.

Speakers have been identified within each theme and have been invited to present information to the working group; increasing networking between partners and identifying key opportunities for action.

You can view previous and upcoming meeting minutes and agendas for the Climate Change Working Group online.


Our work so far:

Since declaring a climate emergency  the Council has taken a number of actions:

  • The Council held its first Climate Change Summit which brought together a number of interested groups to highlight local issues and share ideas.
  • Carbon Literacy Training was provided to Councillors and an agreement was negotiated for staff training to be provided by Keele University
  • Climate Change Working Group has been established
  • The collation of 'in-house' data commenced to establish a baseline from which to work from going forward
  • Formation of a High Peak Green Network Liaison Group and a Bio-diversity group to ensure continued partnership working across the High Peak and to identify areas of working and funding opportunities as well as offering essential support to the Council as it continues to develop an action plan to reach the 2030 net zero target
  • Developed an action plan for the council to reach the 2030 net zero target [1MB]

A full Climate Change update report from February 2020 can be viewed here.


Climate Change Useful Links

We've put together a list of useful links to help you understand and learn more about Climate Change and what you can do to help.