Sunderland

How the warming stripes work

Each stripe represents the average temperature for a single year, relative to the average temperature over the period as a whole. Shades of blue indicate cooler-than-average years, while red shows years that were hotter than average. The stark band of deep red stripes on the right-hand side of the graphic show the rapid heating in recent decades.

Climate emergency declared

Mar-19

Local net-zero target date

2030

Climate Action Plan published

Dec-20

Climate Action Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

What can we do?

As we know, the climate crisis is already here. The good news is that most of the solutions exist today. What’s really needed is more people to join in locally to make a bigger difference together.

  View the Climate Action Plan

Local greenhouse gas emissions by sector

Total emissions in 2021
Emissions reduction (2018 - 21)

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

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There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around Sunderland:

Northumbria University Energy Futures Programme

Working together across departments and faculties towards a sustainable energy future.

Gateshead
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Built Environment

Stronger Shores

Quantifying how nature-based solutions reduce erosion and flood risk.

County Durham
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Flooding & drought
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Electric Vehicle Mobility Hub

Encouraging the use of sustainable transport through a new 'one-stop' mobility hub.

Sunderland
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Energy

Common Ground

Bringing people from all backgrounds together through gardening to improve the environment.

Sunderland
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy

Sunderland Street Lighting

Increasing energy efficiency and reducing electricity consumption through LED street lighting.

Sunderland
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Transport

Pallion HWRC

Facilitating better, more efficient opportunities to recycle.

Sunderland
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Neuron E-Scooters

Increasing access to sustainable mobility in Sunderland.

Sunderland
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Transport
  • Energy

Electric RCV Trial

Testing a new low-emission RCV with a view to decarbonise the waste sector in the future.

Sunderland
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Transport
  • Circular Economy

North East Community Forest

Planting trees and woodlands to enhance our tree stock and woodlands.

Sunderland
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Wild Oysters

Restoring native oysters to UK waters.

Northumberland
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Core 364

Reducing carbon emissions through a pioneering climate change retrofit project in Sunderland.

Sunderland
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Pollinator Parks

Rewilding business and retail parks throughout the North of England.

Sunderland
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture