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Sustainability & Carbon Management

Sunderland has key role to play in tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions, and we are taking pioneering action to ensure a low carbon, sustainable future.

Rising energy costs, fuel poverty, environmental protection and long term sustainability are important to Sunderland residents.  Since the publication of the Councils first Carbon Plan in 2005, the Council have been working on climate change, carbon management and energy issues.  Over that period the main actions for the city have focussed on:

  • Improving housing, to create warmer, efficient homes that are cheaper to heat
  • Supporting employers to reduce energy consumption and costs, so creating more competitive businesses with safer jobs
  • Improving transport, to create greener, cleaner and healthier transport
  • Reducing waste, and increasing recycling

The Council is a signatory to:

  • Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change
  • EU Covenant of Mayors

With lots of successful projects and activities completed, the Council are moving forward to a new phase of action, providing a strong starting point for a much longer journey to becoming carbon neutral, in line with current UK legislation and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – the Paris Agreement.

In August 2017, Sunderland City Council agreed a revised Carbon Plan to reduce the carbon emissions from its own operations, and outlines the authority’s commitment to meet the Government’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by 34% the end of 2020.

Read the full plan here;


For more information contact dianne.pattison@sunderland.gov.uk