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

Welcome to our climate change webpages where you can find information about how we are commited to reducing our carbon footprint 

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. However we acknowledge we have a significant role to play in both 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.

To keep up to date on all the latest climate change initiatives we are running, please subscribe to our monthly Climate Change Newsletter.

Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23

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

Since the publication of our Climate Commitment Action Plan 2020-21 in January last year, we have continued to work hard on this agenda and have made good progress against our plans, despite the upheaval caused by Covid-19.

Our key target of a net-zero Northumberland by 2030 still stands. Whilst our first Climate Commitment Action Plan set the foundations of our climate change programme, we are now able to publish more detailed plans for projects that will be delivered soon, together with a longer-term vision for net-zero.

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