Climate change

Climate change

On 3 April 2019, the council declared a Climate Emergency to make Newcastle carbon neutral by 2030. 

We aim to deliver this while staying true to our wider core values of ensuring Newcastle is a fair, prosperous, outward-facing, innovative and vibrant city. We are guided by fairness, inclusion and social justice. 

We have an ambitious programme of interventions of what we as a council can influence through our policies, programmes, projects and services, but this fundamentally requires a whole city approach, with businesses, universities, the private sector, residents and communities going on this journey with us.

To achieve this, we have set out three key aims to work collaboratively across the city to shape our approach to climate change and ultimately the future of our city.

These are

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As part of our efforts to decarbonise we commissioned technical specialists ARUP to look at ways we could cut our carbon emissions by 50%. Their report can be viewed here. We subsequently declared a climate emergency in April 2019 and set a more ambitious target of being “net zero” by 2030. A plan for how this could be achieved is currently in development.