Climate change and sustainable energy
Tackling climate change is one of the major challenges for the modern world. As a local authority, we have a carbon management plan and are a signatory to The Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change. This Declaration commits the Council to tackling the causes and effects of climate change and to encouraging all sectors in our local community to take the opportunity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and make public their commitment to action.
We have also committed within our strategic plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from our own estate and operations.
As part of our work to address the potential impacts of climate change we have also developed a local climate impacts profile for Nottinghamshire, which highlights some of the Council’s vulnerability to extreme weather events.
- Carbon management plan [PDF]
- Greenhouse gas emissions report 2015 [PDF]
- Local Climate Impacts Profile [PDF]
After reducing demand for energy and improving energy efficiency, the use of harmful fossil fuels can next best be reduced by switching to energy generated from renewable resources, such as the wind, sun and energy crops.
Nottinghamshire County Council is a pioneer in the use of wood fuel, and we have more than 60 of our sites, many of them schools, heated by boilers using wood pellets. The Nottinghamshire Woodheat project is saving around 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
We are also involved in the installation of solar panels and some other renewable energy technologies at a number of sites around the county.
Find out more
Further local information about how communities, councils and other organisations are tackling climate change can be found at Climate East Midlands and through the Everybody’s Talking about Climate Change website, which also has suggestions for what you can do to save money by saving energy.