What the Council is doing on climate change

Tackling the climate emergency

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Daventry District Council declared a climate emergency in February 2020, when councillors agreed a raft of measures in a bid to tackle the issue.

They include setting targets for the reduction of emissions and promoting the wide range of support and funding that is available to help residents and businesses be more environmentally friendly.

There are pledges to look at ways to further reduce the Council’s carbon emissions, as well as to work with other local councils to make improvements.

Other actions, such as requiring new-build homes to have heat pumps and/or solar panels, and making developers pay towards measures to offset carbon emissions, are also being explored.

The new West Northamptonshire Council will be urged to take up the mantle once this Council is abolished in April 2021. 

The Action Plan

A total of 20 measures were agreed by councillors, following the findings of a cross-party task panel of councillors which was set up to explore the issue in summer 2019. The task panel report can be viewed here.

The task panel spoke to a range of experts and other councils during the course of their work, as well as taking into account the views of residents.


What other action is the council taking?

The Council has been working on a number of programmes to reduce carbon emissions in the District for a number of years. Find out more here:

Northamptonshire Climate Change Strategy

The Council is working with a number of partners to minimise the effects of climate change and ensure resilience to its inevitable effects; this is being achieved through the Northamptonshire Climate Change Strategy 2020-2023. 

Carbon Management Plan

The Council developed a Carbon Management Plan with an aspirational target to achieve a 30% cut in carbon emissions by 2014. A 31% reduction was achieved by the end of the 2016/17 year which meets the overall aim of the Carbon Management Plan. Carbon emissions continue to be monitored through the Greenhouse Gas Report and internal Environmental Goals with opportunities to further reduce emissions being explored on an on-going basis.   

Greenhouse Gas emissions reporting

The Council produces an annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions report detailing emissions created as a result of Council services. Download the  2019/20 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

Climate Local

Climate Local is an initiative to drive, inspire and support local council action on climate change. The initiative supports councils’ efforts both to reduce carbon emissions and also to improve their resilience to the affects of our changing climate and extreme weather. Download the annual Climate Local progress report here

Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA)

The Council's HECA Report  outlines how we aim to improve the energy efficiency of residential properties in our area to reduce fuel poverty and achieve reductions in domestic carbon emissions. The most recent HECA review was completed in May 2019 and the next review is due in March 2021.

Investors in the Environment Scheme

The Investors in the Environment Scheme (iiE) is a not for profit environmental accreditation scheme designed to help the business sector save money and reduce impacts on the environment. The Council has achieved the highest iiE 'green' level certification and has developed a progress report to support this. Download Daventry District Council's iiE Progress Report

Environmental Policy

The Council's Environmental Policy is updated annually and sets out our key commitments to environmental improvement.


Tree Policy

Following the Council's climate emergency declaration, a Tree Policy has been created which sets out key commitments in relation to tree planting and tree preservation.