Climate Change Summit Held in Matlock

On 3rd March 2020, more than 150 people from local businesses, housing developers, councils and other public bodies gathered at a Climate Change summit held at County Hall in Matlock and organised by Derbyshire Country Council. The aim of the event was to set out the vision and ambition for how they can all work together to achieve a net zero target by 2050.
There were speakers from various Derbyshire-based businesses and organisations, such as Toyota, Longcliffe Quarries and Torrs Hydro New Mills, who shared examples of existing low carbon initiatives. They were joined by representatives from climate change focused community organisations like Moors for the Future and Liftshare. People attending the event also had the chance to test drive the council’s new fleet of electric pool vehicles.
Council Leader and Climate and Sustainability Champion Councillor Barry Lewis said: ‘Clearly action is needed on an unprecedented scale and by 2032 the county council intends to be carbon neutral in terms of our property, street-lighting and fleet operating with net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
‘But there is a far bigger challenge that faces us. The council’s own carbon footprint makes up just one per cent of emissions from Derbyshire as a whole. And this is where we intend to grab hold of the nettle and strive to make a real difference. No business, organisation or individual can halt global warming alone. But by working together, we can design a new way of living and set a strong example for others to follow.’