Our environmental policy
Newcastle City Council takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. We are committed to a high standard of environmental management and our environmental policy helps us articulate this to our staff and stakeholders. View our environmental policy.
Big Green Pledge
To find out more about our work to create a green, sustainable city you can visit the Big Green Pledge. You can also register for future information.
Home Energy Conservation Act
The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) 1995 recognises the key role of local authorities in improving the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in their
areas. Download the Home Energy Conservation Act reports:-
- March 2013 HECA Further Report (pdf, 1.32MB)
- March 2015 HECA Progress Report (pdf, 273KB)
- March 2017 HECA Progress Report (pdf, 643KB)
Energy Company Obligation - fuel poverty
Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations 2017 - 2018 (ECO2t) local authorities can set their own criteria for eligibility for funding for domestic energy efficiency measures. This funding is aimed at those within a local authority most likely to be in fuel poverty. The criteria are set out in the Statement of Intent (210 Kb)
Our energy masterplan
The energy masterplan sets out the strategic direction and next steps that the council should take over the next 20 years and acts an overarching strategy for the delivery of the council's objectives in this area. Download the Energy Masterplan (pdf, 3.6MB).
Greenhouse gas reporting
In accordance with guidance provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the council's greenhouse gas report has been published. Download the Greenhouse Gas Report 2017/18 (pdf, 167KB)
Our response to climate change
Newcastle City Council has a citywide climate change strategy and action plan. We have a commitment to tackle tackle climate change and work with residents and partners to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 34% (from 1990 levels) by 2020.
Smart Heating Controls Trial
Newcastle City Council is working with the Energy Systems Catapult to trial new smart heating controls. A householder recruitment drive is underway to find willing and suitable homes for this winter. The project has a strict selection criteria due to technical requirements. For further details or to register an interest, please visit https://recruit.gateway.energy/
Newcastle joins European cities in a Horizon 2020 project
Newcastle City Council, together with seven other European cities, is working on the development of a new kind of energy strategy. Roadmaps 4 Energy (R4E), funded through Europe’s Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to support cities in matching their ambitions with technological and societal developments. We have created a future vision (3.8 Mb) for smart buildings and will be working on translating this into a portfolio of projects. This short video below (7 minutes) illustrates the next steps.