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What the council is doing

South Tyneside Council has joined with other councils in the North East to become the first region in Europe to sign up to the European Union's flagship initiative for tackling climate change - the Covenant of Mayors.

South Tyneside Council has pledged to cut carbon emissions in the borough by at least 20% by 2020.

We aim to do this by:

  • Reducing energy use and carbon emissions from households, businesses and transport
  • Promoting energy efficiency and encouraging the use of renewable energy
  • Tackling fuel poverty and health problems that arise from increased energy costs
  • Encouraging changes in behaviour around using energy, shopping locally and transport

Read our Sustainable Energy Action Plan for more detail on how we plan to meet our Covenant of Mayors commitment:

Sustainable Energy Action Plan694.95KB

What else is the council doing?

Council operations

  • We have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and our commitment to make further reductions year on year
  • We've introduced smart metering for schools and the council's other medium to large energy consuming buildings
  • We have travel plans in place for the majority of council buildings and schools

For staff

  • We have introduced Smarter Driver training for the council's fleet drivers and other staff - saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions
  • A car share scheme is also in place

For residents

  • We have been making homes warmer, helping to reduce fuel bills and household carbon emissions across South Tyneside through the Warm Zone initiative and South Tyneside Homes' insulation and renewables projects
  • We have raised awareness and consulted with local communities on energy and other environmental issues through events and initiatives, including 'local energy days' and the 'Smarter Choices' campaign
  • We have improved the recycling service with 'blue bins', which allow residents to recycle a greater range of materials on the doorstep and crucially help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill

Home Energy Conservation

The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) requires local authorities to prepare a "further report" outlining its approach to domestic carbon reduction and to prepare progress reports at two-yearly intervals.

South Tyneside Council's Home Energy Conservation Act Further Report 201378.54KB

South Tyneside Council’s Home Energy Conservation Act Progress Report 2015104.56KB

South Tyneside Council’s Home Energy Conservation Act Progress Report 2017413.83KB

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