Resources and links
Annual Carbon Data Report 2020/21
Sunderland City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019. This declaration committed Sunderland to reduce its citywide emissions and help global temperature rise stay well below 2.0°C, pursuing 1.5°C by 2050, in-line with the Paris Agreement of 2015.
In 2020/21 Sunderland's 2030 Shadow Board prepared the Low Carbon Framework which set out the approach for Sunderland to achieve citywide carbon neutrality by 2040. This was adopted by the partnership in December 2020. The Council then endorsed the Low Carbon Framework in January 2021 and at the same time adopted its Low Carbon Action Plan which included a target for the Council to become carbon neutral by 2030.
WWF One Planet City Challenge 2021
Sunderland recently joined hundreds of other cities in the WWF One Planet City Challenge to better understand if the city is doing enough to meet its climate ambitions. Through the challenge WWF assesses Sunderland's vision and actions towards climate change mitigation and adaptation against the goals of the Paris Agreement, and whether Sunderland is making its fair contribution to help to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Sunderland recently received a strategic feedback report which analyses the city's strengths and areas to prioritise for the future.
In July 2021 Sunderland disclosed citywide environmental data to CDP, to better measure and understand the environmental footprint of the city. Sunderland was 1 of 11 UK cities, and one of 95 globally, to be awarded 'leadership' status for the ambition of its citywide mitigation and adaptation efforts.