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Cut the carbon - World Environment Day goes local

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 4 June 2008

04 June 2008

Cut the carbon - World Environment Day goes local

Pull on your walking boots and shrink your carbon footprint - that’s one message from the Peak District National Park Authority on World Environment Day (Thur June 5).

The Authority is urging people to walk, cycle, car-share or take public transport whenever practical to cut down CO2 emissions around the national park.

This year’s World Environment Day slogan is “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy” - and the Authority is supporting a host of moves to tackle climate change across the national park.

National park climate change representative Anne Ashe said: “Climate change has huge ramifications not just around the world, but here in the Peak District, bringing threats to our vulnerable wildlife and habitats, increased erosion, visitor pressure, moorland fires and flood damage to our historic buildings.

“We are creating a Climate Change Action Plan by the end of this year to provide a co-ordinated response, working with communities, businesses and organisations across the national park.”

Through the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund, the Authority is distributing £600,000 in Defra grants over the next three years to projects including renewable energy, energy-saving and recycling schemes run by businesses and community organisations.

The Authority also manages the Moors for the Future Partnership, a multi-million pound programme working with businesses and environmental organisations such as the National Trust. Together they are rescuing damaged peatlands that, in a healthy state, could store more CO2 than all the forests of the UK and France combined.

Moors for the Future’s base, at the Moorland Centre in Edale, is one of the national park’s flagship environment-friendly buildings, with an insulating sedum turf roof and a ground source heat pump, taking renewable energy from the earth.

The Authority awards its coveted Environmental Quality Mark to businesses that conserve the national park and reduce their carbon footprint.

It is helping wildlife to withstand climate change through its Local Biodiversity Action Plan, creating habitat clusters and corridors to maximise breeding potential.

And as the planning authority, it requires planning applications to include environmental impact and energy information, plus for larger ones, green travel plans.

Nationally, it is working with other members of the English National Park Authorities Association in providing data on environmental impact to the Government’s Adapting to Climate Change team.

Free advice is available on renewable energy schemes that do not harm the national park setting, such as micro-hydro power, ground and air-source heat pumps, biomass boilers or carefully-positioned solar devices. (Ask for the “Energy - Renewables and Conservation” booklet on 01629 816200 or see it online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/energy )

Information on the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf  or 01629 816312.

For advice on cutting your carbon footprint, go to: http://actonco2.direct.gov.uk/index.html

This is an archived press release

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