We have been working on climate change, carbon management and energy issues for over 10 years. With lots of successful projects completed already, we are moving forward to a new phase of action.
Carbon Plan 2017-2020
Sunderland City Council's Carbon Plan 2017-2020 outlines the authority's commitment to meet the Government's target to reduce CO2 emissions by 34% relative to 2006/07, by the end of 2020, in line with our commitment to both the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Paris Agreement. It sets out how we will achieve this target, by improving resource efficiency and by embracing new technological solutions. The Plan identifies the best opportunities to reduce CO2 most effectively. It presents a plan of physical projects and a programme of behavioural change that will challenge every member of staff to reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.
The council continues to achieve carbon savings, and have now reduced our emissions by approximately half compared to the baseline year 2006/07. Although the council's carbon footprint is dependent on external factors such as the weather and the carbon intensity of the energy supplied, we are focused on the delivery of projects that will enable us to achieve our carbon reduction targets. Our Carbon Plan has the following aims:
- To reduce the city's carbon emissions by 34% by 2020;
- To engage all parts of the organisation in a process of cultural change that embeds low carbon thinking into our services and operations ;
- Prepare for and actively adapt to a rapidly changing climate;
Progress against our carbon reduction targets are measured using data provided by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for each local authority area. Further information can be found through the UK local authority and regional carbon dioxise emissions national statistics website.
The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (HECA) recognises the ability of Local Authorities to use their position to significantly improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation in their areas. The HECA report must be submitted in two yearly intervals at March 31st 2017, 2019 and 2021 up to and including 2027. This document sets out the objectives of Sunderland County Council (SCC) to improve the energy efficiency of homes in the city and the actions the Council will take to help achieve its objectives.