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Climate change

Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to human life now and has the potential to cause catastrophic problems for generations to come.

Immediate action is critical if we are to avoid the worst impacts of this climate emergency. Whilst the matter is obviously of global significance, it is important that we also address the issues in our area.

On 20 February 2019, we declared a climate emergency and pledged to:

  1. immediately adopt a new target of 60% by 2030 making significant progress towards making the county and ourselves carbon neutral, taking into account both production and consumption emissions
  2. investigate what further actions are necessary to make the county completely carbon neutral by 2050

Climate change strategy and delivery plan

Together with the County Durham Environment Partnership, we have produced a climate change strategy and delivery plan. These documents set out how we plan to tackle emissions and how we will prepare for the most likely impacts of emissions which already affect the atmosphere. The delivery plan will be regularly updated to highlight current and forthcoming work in the county. 

The County Durham Climate Change Strategy and Delivery Plan-Durham's Vision for a Low Carbon County report is available in our Cabinet agenda and minutes 15 July 2015 (agenda item 16), and its recommendations were approved.

The strategy and delivery plan can be downloaded at County Durham Environment Partnership: documents.



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Sustainability Carbon and Climate Change
03000 265 545
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  • 5th Floor
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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