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Low Carbon

Climate change represents a significant challenge for our generation. Over the past 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history and the trend is accelerating.

Partners across the city signed up to a Sunderland Low Carbon Framework (PDF) [2MB] in December 2020 that will drive down emissions and seek to make the city carbon neutral by 2040. A range of people and organisations have all helped shape the Framework, which sets out ways in which we can all do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint, and play a part in the fight to limit the global temperature rise to below 1.5°C.

The Sunderland Low Carbon Framework (PDF) [2MB] will be supplemented by individual Action Plans developed and delivered by partners across the city. The city council's Sunderland Low Carbon Action Plan includes the council's ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Tackling climate change is too great a task for any one body or organisation. Our citywide approach - involving partners, businesses, residents, visitors, voluntary community and social enterprise sector and importantly our young people - will be really important.

We must act urgently to prevent the dangerous impacts of climate change. This starts with being aware of our environmental impacts. Because of this, we recently joined over 800 cities worldwide to disclosure our citywide environmental data to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), to better measure and understand our environmental footprint: 2021 CDP Annual Report (PDF) [892KB] .

Climate Change Conference (COP26) Project School Grant

Sunderland is committed to playing its part in tackling the global climate change emergency. Young people across the city identified the environment and climate change as their number one priority in the Young People's State of the City Debate held in November 2019, and the council declared a Climate Emergency earlier that year in March 2019. Find our COP26 project School Grant here  COP26 project School Grant (PDF) [170KB]

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