What is the Peak District National Park Authority doing about it?
As an organisation tasked with conserving and enhancing the landscape and characteristics of the National Park, we understand the environmental impacts arising from our operational activities and our wider contribution to climate change. The authority is committed to lead by example in adapting to and mitigating climate change. Therefore, we have implemented a climate change management plan as part of our environmental management.
These strategies aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change, promote low carbon land management as well as raising awareness and educating our visitors.
We are committed to further reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases by 30% by 2017 (based on 2009/10 level). For further information please review our Carbon Management Plan (2010-2015).
In the pursuit of reducing emissions and promoting sustainable practice the following actions were taken. They build on our delivery aims (DL4) to support the sustaining of a healthy national park which will adapt to the effects of climate change.Example projects and measures of action involve:
- Increasing insulation of our buildings to reduce the consumption and loss of energy, as well as reducing the costs for electricity and gas
- Improving the heating control in our buildings
- Installing renewable energy; involves the biomass boiler at our head office in Bakewell, heat pumps at our Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre and the Moorland Centre at Edale
- Using photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate energy at our head office in Bakewell
- Installation of energy efficient lights – using low energy LED lighting
- Increase efficient use of water.
- Using more fuel efficient vehicles and training staff to drive responsibly
- Keeping travel distances at a minimum
- Implementation of staff car pools
- Using video conferencing facilities rather than travel long distances to meetings
- Increasing recycling of office wastes and decreasing the amount of printing activities.
- Encouraging landowners to look after habitats for instance create 'wildlife corridors'
- Restoration and stabilisation of moorland with help from the Moors for the Future Partnership
- Working closely with the English National Parks Authorities Association (ENPAA) to communicate with other natural parks and develop a vision for future action.