The Climate Change Act 2008 commits the UK to reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 and the EU Renewable Energy Directive requires the UK to meet
15% of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020.
Measures have been adopted in recent years aimed at increasing the delivery of renewable energy. These include changes to the planning system and the introduction of financial incentives to encourage the installation of renewable energy infrastructure.
Capacity studies indicate that there are significant constraints on the production of renewable energy in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Consequently the Park will contribute only modestly to regional capacity. Renewable energy will be generated through “microgeneration” - chiefly small-scale wind, solar, hydro, biomass and anaerobic digester technologies. The geology of the Park is not conducive to the presence of oil or gas that could be developed by fracking.
The main contribution of the Yorkshire Dales to national targets will be through its carbon “sinks” – woodlands and peatland, which absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
With only very limited mains gas supplies, energy choices are restricted in the National Park. Reliance on domestic oil, LPG, and solid fuels to heat properties has left many households vulnerable to fuel poverty, and has a negative effect on the viability of local businesses, especially farms.
What we will do
Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. Our next event is on Saturday 19 January in the lovely village of Hellifield where our walk will include the proposed site of a large commercial leisure "village" which is currently a haven for wildlife, and also watch a beautiful short film about the Dales. All welcome, small charge for non members - see event entries.
There are many ways to Support our Charity and be a Friend of the Dales, to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come.
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Leave a gift in your will
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Help as a volunteer at our events
Our Business members are very valuable to us and we thank them all. For a list of all these businesses, or for more information on the benefits of business membership, click HERE
"it's more beautiful than you realise; the people are open and friendly and have time for you; your phone might not work which is a positive as you'll have more time - slow down and enjoy the silence".
President Sir Gary Verity
Chairman Mark Corner
Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.
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