Climate change and sustainability
Climate and ecological emergency
We have declared a climate and ecological emergency and made a pledge to become net zero by 2030, and for our housing stock to become net zero by 2050 in line with UK targets.
Although wider carbon emissions are outside of our direct control, we have also pledged to support the borough to become net zero by 2050. We will work alongside individuals, community groups, businesses and schools to help achieve this. This particular target is the responsibility of everyone and we all have a part to play.
A Climate and Ecological Strategy and Action Plan is currently under development and will be released later this year, which will provide more information on our carbon emission targets and objectives.
Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP)
We are an active partner of the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP).
The HCCSP has members from all local district and borough councils, Hertfordshire County Council, and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
This strategic partnership works together to share information and progress joint interventions around climate change and sustainability across Hertfordshire. More information can be found on the HCCSP website.
In Dacorum, transport is responsible for a massive 43 per cent of the borough’s greenhouse gas emissions. To help tackle the climate emergency, reducing car use and increasing active travel (such as walking and cycling) will be crucial in order to lower our emissions.
From 2030, the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned. Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, making them better not only for drastically helping to reduce emissions, but for improving our air quality, too. Another key benefit for owners is the savings on fuel and running costs.
We are currently developing an Electric Vehicle Strategy in order to support the transition to electric vehicles. A key part of this will be planning where to install more charge points throughout the borough. Whilst the majority of residents will be able to easily charge their electric vehicles from home on their own driveways, this option is not available for over a third of Dacorum's households.
Electric vehicle residents' survey
Please take part in our short survey, to help us understand the short-term and future needs for residents.
Complete the survey now
Your answers to this survey will ensure that we can plan to meet the borough’s growing needs, provide insight into various electric vehicle initiatives, as well as provide valuable evidence that can help us secure funding for charge points.
Learning from lockdown - sustainability survey
Thank you to the 1,500 people who took part in our online sustainability survey.
The research investigated how people’s behaviours changed during the first COVID-19 lockdown and how we can learn from this. We wanted to identify how we can embrace any positive, sustainable changes that could help to benefit the environment as well as our communities.
Rather than going 'back to normal', the information provided in this survey will help us move forwards, to create a greener, healthier borough.
Take a look at our Learning From Lockdown - Results (PDF 1.3MB).
As an incentive for taking part we also ran a gift voucher prize scheme. All winners have now been contacted.
Carbon Literacy accreditation
We're proud to become the first borough council in the UK to achieve a Silver level Carbon Literate Organisation accreditation.
To be fully equipped for helping the borough reduce its carbon emissions as much, and as quickly as possible, we worked with APSE Energy to deliver Carbon Literacy Training to 60 of our employees, including our Chief Executive, Claire Hamilton, making her the second ever CEO of a council in the UK to achieve this.
The Carbon Literacy training course has been recognised by the United Nations at COP21 - the Paris Climate Conference - where it was chosen as one of 100 worldwide Transformative Action Programs.
The day's training taught staff about the science and causes of climate change, the effect it is already having, the predicted future impact, and explored the solutions we can take as individuals, as well as a council.
By completing this training, we have now received Silver level accreditation, as we have demonstrated that we have made a substantial commitment to Carbon Literacy.
We're working hard to reach our environmental goals and being recognised as a carbon literate organisation is just one of the many steps that we are putting in place to help reduce our carbon emissions.
Save the date
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On Wednesday 3 November 2021, we'll be hosting a conference and networking event at the Forum in Hemel Hempstead. Further details will be made available closer to the time, so please check back.
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