Job Opportunity: Project Manager, East Midlands Lead, Marches Energy Agency

An exciting opportunity to work with communities and householders to tackle climate change and fuel poverty in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire has arisen.

Marches Energy Agency (MEA), is recruiting a part time Project Manager to lead on its East Midlands work.

MEA; a charity with over 20 years experience of in tackling climate change and fuel poverty, working with householders and communities; provides this website on behalf of the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Local Authority Energy Partnership, a partnership of  local authorities in the area. We also run a range of projects with communities and households.

Get more information and find out how to apply.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thurs 2nd April
Interviews: Thursday 9th April  (subject to Covid-19), location tbc (within or close to Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire)

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.’

Broxtowe Borough Council launches Green Futures Campaign

In July 2019, the Council declared a 'Climate Change Emergency' and committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2027. In support, the council has launched a Green Futures campaign to encourage residents, businesses and community groups in Broxtowe to contribute to lowering carbon emissions. The campaign will highlight all the things the council will be doing over the coming months to reduce their carbon emissions, as well as promote how residents and businesses, as well as employees can do their bit.
To keep track of the campaign, read more about what the council has done so far and learn how you can help make a difference, visit the Green Futures pages.

Chesterfield Borough Council Launches Climate Action Plan


Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader Councillor Tricia Gilby signs a pledge that aims to make Derbyshire a net zero county by 2050

Chesterfield Borough Council’s Climate Action Plan has been published and is aiming to make the council carbon neutral by 2030 and the borough by 2050. The Plan has 39 actions over eight themes including homes and buildings, power and electricity, and transport. Pledges include investing in improving the thermal / energy efficiency of its existing housing stock, installing LED lighting in all CBC premises, and supporting taxi and bus operators with the transition to electric vehicles.
There will be a period of consultation on the plan.

You can view the action plan online.

Transition Chesterfield is organising a public meeting regarding the plan on 12th March:

New Electric Charging Points to be Installed in Derbyshire Dales and High Peak


A host of new charging points for up to 40 vehicles will be installed in Derbyshire Dales and High Peak by the end of March 2020. They will be split across the following five sites, where up to eight vehicles will be able to charge up at each site at any one time:

  • Ashbourne - Shawcroft car park
  • Bakewell - New Street
  • Buxton - Victoria Park Road
  • Glossop - Edward Street
  • Matlock - Edgefold Road

The scheme, delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, is being funded by the UK government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the charging point provider BP Chargemaster. Over £200,000 was secured. Derbyshire county council intends to bid for additional funding so that electric vehicle charging points can be introduced in other parts of Derbyshire.