Climate Change

The council is committed to tackling climate change. We've declared a ‘climate emergency’ - vowing to half our carbon footprint by 2025 and make the county carbon neutral by 2030.

Climate Change

Climate change is a significant long-term challenge for the planet. We are committed to taking action to reduce the impacts climate change will have on all our lives long into the future. 

In recent years the council has reduced its carbon emissions by a third and the area is now ranked as one of the greenest in the country. But we still have a significant role to play in further reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions and providing the leadership to encourage residents, businesses and other organisations to take action to cut their own carbon footprint. 

Northumberland Environment & Climate Fund 

Northumberland County Council is offering £55,000 from its Environment & Climate Fund and community and voluntary groups in the county with environmental projects.  

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to help fund projects which enhance nature and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

The fund aims to engage the public on environmental matters and encourage active participation, which was set out in its recently adopted Environment Policy Statement. 

Deadline: 12noon on Tuesday 14 November 2023. 

Find out more about the fund and applications here.

Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23  

Below is our latest Climate Change Action Plan that will cover 2021-23. 

Download a PDF version of the Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23 here
If you require a hard copy of the action plan, or require a more accessible format, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, please contact

This climate change action plan will run at the end of 2023. The climate team are going to be reviewing and updating the strategy to include new project that are developing and ambitions for the next three years. As part of this process, we are engaging with residents across Northumberland. Sign up and come along to one of our climate change collaboration events here.   
If you would like more information about the new action plan, please email us at   

Northumberland Town and Parish Council Climate Change Toolkit 

Last year, we asked all town and parish councils what support they required to develop their own climate change action plans. As a result of that process, we are pleased to be able to share the Northumberland Town and Parish Council Climate Change Toolkit. 

We all want to work together in our ambition to tackle climate change. To reach this goal, we need to support our partners and colleagues in making the necessary adjustments to become more sustainable – whether that is through identifying land to plant trees or providing information about different funding streams. 

Included are useful hints and tips on getting your town or parish onboard in making little – or even bigger - changes to help enhance and protect our beautiful county.  

Location Assessment Toolkit for Electric Vehicle Chargepoints (EVCPs)

This toolkit aims to help councillors develop good practice when selecting locations to install 11 kW EVCPs. The toolkit offers a comprehensive guide on how to assess the location requirements for your proposed EVCPs.

Sign up to our monthly climate newsletter

To keep up to date with our latest climate change news, events and funding opportunities, please subscribe to our monthly Climate Change Newsletter.