This is an archived press release
Tuesday 20 February 2007
20 February 2007
National Park Authority pledges action on climate change
The Peak District National Park Authority has made an official commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
More than 130 local authorities have now signed up to the declaration, each pledging to actively tackle climate change and help the UK achieve its national targets.
The National Park Authority is already leading the way on energy-efficient heating systems, installing ground-source heat-pumps at its new Moorland Centre in Edale and Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre, and a biomass boiler at its Losehill Hall environmental education centre in Castleton.
It also supports eco-friendly businesses and community organisations through such schemes as the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund and New Environmental Economy programme, offering grants and guidance.
Environmental concerns are central to its over-arching policy documents, and it has created partnerships for major conservation projects such as Moors for the Future, restoring threatened habitats which help combat climate-change and relieve flood-risks.
Signing the Nottingham Declaration sets the seal on plans for further collaboration with local communities and partners over the next two years to reduce the Peak District’s carbon footprint.
National Park Authority chair Tony Hams said: “As an environmental organisation it is up to us to provide strong and visible leadership for the local community in mitigating climate change.
“We are developing an action plan to reduce carbon emissions both in our own practices and via our policies to the major sectors operating in the National Park, especially tourism, farming, moorland interests, quarrying and water.
“We will also proactively encourage renewable energy production and use in the National Park in new developments and refurbishments and within communities.”
For planning applicants, the National Park Authority offers Planning Guidance on Energy and Conservation (www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/energy.htm or contact Customer Service 01629 816200), and it is shortly to publish a new Peak District Building Design Guide.
Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust which administers the Nottingham Declaration, said: “We are delighted that the Peak District National Park Authority has shown its commitment to addressing climate change and signed this very important declaration. Climate change is occurring and will continue to have far-reaching effects on the UK’s people and places, economy, society and environment.”