A Low Carbon City

We're on a mission, to reduce our emissions

Low carbon city

We're on a mission, to reduce our emissions

Climate change remains the challenge of our generation. The World (and the UK) is heating up. Governments from all around the World (including the UK) acknowledge this and that urgent change is required.


The UK Committee on Climate Change states that the ten warmest years on record in the UK have all occurred since 1990. The likelihood of experiencing a summer heatwave comparable to that experienced in 2018 in any particular year is now 10-20%, double the likelihood of a few decades ago. Sea levels are rising, and rainfall patterns are changing. The impacts of climate change are accelerating, and public concern about climate change is increasing as our level of understanding increases.

As a city Sunderland needs to act NOW to reduce direct and indirect carbon emissions.

We need to prepare and adapt to deal with the projected impacts of climate change.

This Low Carbon Framework is a call to action.
Icon for pdf Low Carbon Framework [2.76MB]

We are calling on you, as people who live, work, visit and invest in Sunderland, to join with us on this exciting decade of transformation.

  • This Framework gives the city clear focus and direction in our quest for significant carbon reduction and provides the strategy within which we can each take responsibility and work together.
  • This Framework has been prepared by the 2030 Shadow Board, made up of partner organisations across Sunderland working together to achieve our collective vision and objectives. It is a high-level strategy that demonstrates the city's commitment to reducing its carbon impact. It will need to evolve as global and national policy evolves, and as science continues to understand the impact of the changing environment.
  • This Framework sets out the vision, purpose and direction of actions necessary to enable us, together with our residents and businesses, to deliver on these necessary goals. Collective sustainable action will help to ensure that Sunderland's vision of becoming a dynamic, healthy and vibrant city is realised for all.

This is the first iteration of Sunderland's Low Carbon Framework and it will be underpinned by a series of individual Action Plans developed by partners across the city. It is expected that the Framework will be reviewed and refined following feedback and ongoing engagement, with our communities, businesses, residents and partner organisations as required. Its success relies on a collaborative effort from organisations and individuals to decide how they will change their own activities to help achieve the city's shared ambition to become carbon neutral.