Denbighshire County Council's Climate and Ecological Emergency Declaration

About Denbighshire County Council's Climate and Ecological Emergency Declaration

Denbighshire County Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency on 2nd July 2019 and since then has been developing its plans to transition to become a net carbon zero and ecologically positive Council by 2030 at the latest.

 

What we plan to do

The Council’s Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration has been interpreted into the following priorities for the Council:

  • For the Council to become a net carbon zero organisation at the latest by 2030.
  • For the Council  to become an ecologically positive organisation at the latest by 2030.

For a brief description on both those priorities see below. This will be further developed by officers in the coming months building on your feedback.

 

What do we mean when we say "For the Council to become a net carbon zero organisation at the latest by 2030"

By which we mean the total carbon emitted as an organisation from  scope 1, 2 and 3 sources is equal or less than the total carbon sequested (absorbed) by trees, habitat and land management regimes on Council owned land.

The focus will first be on reducing our carbon emissions as far and as fast as is pragmatic and practical. We will not be able to decarbonise completely and we will seek to offset our remaining carbon footprint by increasing the extent and/or concentration of trees, habitat and land management regimes which absorb carbon. Opportunities for carbon sequestration work contributing to our ecological positive ambitions and vice versa will be both taken and maximised upon.

 

What do we mean when we say "For the Council to become an ecologically positive organisation at the latest by 2030"

By which we mean that how we conduct all our business - the projects, operations and interventions we undertake as an organisation- delivers ecosystems that are diverse, connected, adaptable and resilient and to the scale, extent and condition that maintains and enhances biodiversity.

A project by project, intervention by intervention, activity by activity approach will be taken. Every project, intervention or activity the Council undertakes, officers will be expected to review the biodiversity value and impact and deliver the activity in a way that provides a positive impact for ecology. Opportunities for ecologically positive work contributing to our carbon sequestration requirements and vice versa will be both taken and maximised upon.

 

What next?

The Council will be producing a 9-year action plan which will include actions needed each year for the Council to meet its goals to become net carbon zero and ecologically positive by 2030. We would like to hear your ideas for actions to include in this action plan.

 

What do we want to know?: 

 

 

Location:  Denbighshire County Council

What we found out: 

Many thanks for your contribution to Denbighshire County Council’s Climate Change and Ecological Emergency public engagement period which was run in January and February this year.

 

The many responses received have been collated and reviewed and a consultation summary document has been produced.

 

The Consultation Summary document is available to view online on the Council’s Consultation Portal (County Conversation).

 

Please click here to access the document.

Start date21 January 2020
End date25 February 2020
Methods Questionnaire - Online, Consultation Event
SupplierDenbighshire County Council
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