Achieving Net Zero
Durham County Council is committed to working in partnership with organisations across the county through the climate agreement to ensure that County Durham is a great place to live and work.
Where we are now
Business Durham, as a member of the County Durham Economic Partnership, is working with the Business Energy Efficiency Project supporting energy efficiency work across businesses in the County. Some businesses are already leading the way.
Laying the foundations for 2030
Businesses have developed plans to decarbonise and are actively sharing learning and putting measures in place to reduce energy consumption and increase locally generated power. A partnership approach enables growth in local green technologies and skills.
County Durham’s Vision for 2045
All businesses and industries will have implemented a decarbonisation plan, and most will have achieved net zero emissions, offsetting where emissions are unavoidable.
Support for businesses to reduce carbon emissions
Durham County Council is committed to working in partnership with organisations across the county through the climate agreement to ensure that County Durham is a great place to live and work. More information about the council’s support can be found in the Climate Emergency Response Plan or to see the progress the council and businesses are making, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Climate County Durham website.
To support inward investors in County Durham, the council provides advice and general support to businesses on their net zero plans and ambitions. Companies can get direct 1-2-1 support from a Low Carbon Economy Officer or attend the council’s regular meetings and workshops.
The council is exploring carbon-based emission ‘offsetting’ and capture in partnership with Forest Carbon to generate and sell carbon credits from woodlands planted on Council-owned land.
The Low Carbon Economy Team has supported over 400 SMEs with energy efficiency advice and grants since 2016 and continues to do so through our Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP). The team is also able to give impartial advice on how to respond to procurement questions on carbon emissions and sustainability.
The following links and tools may be useful to your businesses when planning your Net Zero activity:
FSB Sustainability Hub – a guide to net zero here.
Carbon Accounting – Carbon Trust’s tool
Toolkits for action – Going Green Together
Self-Energy Audit – Click here to download