Funding helps cut carbon footprint

ALMOST a quarter of a million pounds has been handed to Northumberland County Council to lead the way in reducing carbon emissions.

The county has been given £248,000 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to carry out work as one of nine pilot schemes nationwide.

The cash will fund two areas of work — community leadership on climate change and embedding carbon technology in protected historic buildings and landscapes.

Projects will see the council exploring the ways in which local government can enable communities to take action on carbon reduction, including buying thermal imaging cameras and energy monitors that can be loaned out to help groups identify where changes are needed.

It will also be expected to share best practice on low carbon land and estate management and develop new and effective ways of working that can be replicated in other areas across the UK.

Council Executive Member for climate change Roger Styring said: “This money will allow us to take the lead on developing innovative working practices that will not only benefit Northumberland, but other council areas in the UK.

“Working effectively with our communities and partner agencies is key to reducing carbon emissions and this work will help us to understand how to improve on and enhance this.”

Announcing the funding awards, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Local councils can play a vital role in cutting carbon because they have unrivalled local knowledge, experience and influence.

“We want to tap into this so we have awarded just over £2million to be shared between 30 pioneering councils to work with individuals, businesses and communities to find the best and most effective ways to reduce emissions and stimulate their local economy.

“The results of the project will decide what works best so other councils across the country can benefit and learn.”