By 2030, we will be a carbon neutral organisation. This is our goal.
One of our core purposes is to conserve and enhance the natural heritage of this incredible place - we therefore feel that we should be leading the way in helping to reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions.
The North York Moors National Park Authority has set a target of reaching carbon neutrality by 2030.
To achieve our goal, we have already taken various measures to decarbonise our buildings and transport, such as installing heat pumps and energy efficiency measures at Danby Lodge and Sutton Bank National Park Centre and trialling the use of electric vehicles.
We recognise that some elements of our emissions are not solely in our direct control and/or will require additional support to achieve, e.g., the availability of low carbon technology, decarbonisation of the power grid and downstream supplier emissions. We will seek to collaborate with partners, procure responsibility, advocate for action in these areas or influence positive behaviour where is it right to do so.
We are working closely with wider National Park family; Defra and our regional partners having endorsed the York and North Yorkshire Routemap to Carbon Negative.
Take a look at our progress, as well as our plans for the future.
Emissions reduction since 2018
Key milestones / targets
- We have completed the switch to 100% renewable energy tariffs with zero-emission rating.
- We are looking at where it is appropriate to install solar energy generation (National Park Centres, toilets, depots etc.).
- We are working to reduce energy through the more efficient use of IT and electrical equipment to use less and increase the lifetime of what we purchase.
- We have increased the energy efficiency of Danby Lodge and Sutton Bank National Park Centres.
- We have installed air source and ground source heat pumps at Danby Lodge and Sutton Bank National Park Centres.
- A roadmap to decommission our remaining fossil fuel heating sources.
- We will conduct a phased replacement of our corporate and ranger fleet with electric vehicles or low carbon alternatives.
Our path to net zero
In winter 2022, we installed heat pumps at Danby Lodge and Sutton Bank National Park Centre to reduce our emissions from burning fossil fuels. We also made changes to the fabric to the buildings to improve their energy efficiency.