Action on climate change

North Tyneside’s Climate Change Hub

Welcome to North Tyneside’s Climate Change Hub – a place where we can discover how to create a more sustainable North Tyneside and share all of the brilliant work underway. Find out more below.

Carbon net zero 2030

Being carbon neutral or carbon net zero means reducing as much climate-damaging carbon emissions as possible that come from our actions as individuals, organisations, industry, agriculture and business – or off-setting any you do. Working towards a net zero target recognises that there will be some emissions at the target date which cannot be prevented and these need to be offset. 

Twenty years ahead of the national target date, it was agreed at Full Council in September 2021, as part of the Our North Tyneside council plan, that we will publish an action plan of the steps we will take and the national investment we will seek to make North Tyneside carbon net zero by 2030.

This will help residents, visitors and businesses play their part and get the benefits of reaching the 2030 target.

It will include plans for an improved and healthier environment for everyone and reducing the impacts of the climate emergency.

As an organisation, the Council’s carbon footprint is made up of the heat, power and water used in its buildings (including sheltered accommodation), the power used in its street lighting, the fuel and power used in its fleet of vehicles and the business miles that staff travel to do their jobs (not including commuting to work). In 2020/21, the Council’s carbon footprint was 14,395 tonnes.

The borough of North Tyneside also has a carbon footprint. This is made up of the power and heat used in businesses and homes, fuel and power used in transport in the borough, and land use. In 2019 (most recent available data) the borough’s carbon footprint was 827,200 tonnes.

It is therefore really important that we work with partners, residents and businesses as the council only directly controls less than 2 per cent of the emissions in the borough.

Get inspired

A beach toy recycling box

We’re looking to feature the borough’s eco warriors, green-fingered residents, zero heroes and anyone who wants to shout about what they’re doing for a more sustainable North Tyneside.

Residents’ action on climate change

Do you know someone who goes that extra mile? 

Share their story using this form and we may publish it on our website (we'll let you know before we do)

Businesses’/organisation's action on climate change

Do you know a business who goes that extra mile?

Share their story. Contact us using this form and we may publish it on our website (we'll let you know before we do)

Read here about how masks worn by staff, patients and visitors to hospitals, including North Tyneside General Hospital, are being recycled by Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust are being turned into new products, such as chairs, kidney trays, bins and other containers.

Community groups’ action on climate change

Do you know a community who goes that extra mile?

Share their story. Contact us using this form and we may publish it on our website (we'll let you know before we do)

Young people’s action on climate change

There are many young people who are passionate about climate change in North Tyneside.

Our Youth Council shares their enthusiasm and desire for change.

They have been involved in:

  • Launching a campaign to encourage people to reuse bottles rather than buying plastic ones
  • Supported the installation of water fountains in leisure centres and other areas across the borough
  • Producing videos with hints and tips to reduce carbon footprint
  • Tree planting
  • The council’s Member of Youth Parliament (MYPs) signed an open letter to Lord Goldsmith, along with the country’s other MYPs, sent to House of Lords asking them to stop plastic pollution
  • Visits to waste centres to help to understand what happens to the rubbish we throw away

Get involved – small steps to help

Radiator thermostat

What can residents do?

Only two percent of the borough’s emissions come from the council, so while we will lead by example, we absolutely need the help of residents and businesses in the area. We can all take small steps – like recycling, making one less car journey, turning heating down – to help.

There's some tips below, and you can also visit Government-approved Simple Energy Advice  for help on energy efficiency. 

You can also complete the WWF's online questionnaire to find out how big (or little) your environmental footprint is. 

Walk, cycle or wheel whenever you can

Walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users are the superheroes of green transportation

  • If you regularly drive, could you swap one of these journeys by walking, cycling or using public transport?
  • Find out more about sustainable transport projects and initiatives in the borough, including sustainable travel to work and school, here.
  • For information about cycling click here and explore walking routes and groups by clicking here
  • There's information here about electric vehicle charging points in North Tyneside.

Reduce your energy use

Here in North Tyneside, action is already being taken to reduce our energy usage. A project is already underway to replace our streetlights with LEDs. Many of the borough’s homes have benefited from heating and insulation projects and we’ve also invested in council buildings to reduce their energy consumption too.

We can all take small actions to help lower the energy use of your home, as well as helping to save money such as:

  • Use a shorter wash cycle in the washing machine
  • Only wash full loads in your washing machine
  • Hang laundry outside rather than tumble-drying
  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Turn your thermostat down to 18 degrees*
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room

*For health and other reasons, some households will not be able to turn the thermostat as low as 18. Do not risk your health or wellbeing through being cold.

Get more ideas to improve energy efficiency in your home here.

You can find information below on solar panels and air source heat pumps in the 'related documents' section below. The Government also recently announced a new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme for grant applications and payments. Homeowners across England and Wales can now benefit from £5,000 grants to fit clean heating systems when they come to replace their oil and gas boilers. This includes clean heating systems installed from 1 April this year. Find out more here

Follow the principles of zero waste

  • Refuse - say no to disposable cutlery, straws, cups and other single use items
  • Reduce - donate your unwanted belongings to charity shops and other non-profit organisations
  • Reuse - use a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and cutlery. Save things like gift bags, glass jars and takeaway Tupperware and use them again instead of buying new
  • Repurpose - use worn out clothes as cloths
  • Repair – try to fix holes in clothes or find local repair shops to get help fixing a broken appliance
  • Recycle - it’s one of the easiest ways we can all make a difference.
  • Recycling uses less energy and produces less pollution than making things from scratch. You can find information about recycling at home, at the Household Waste Recycling Centre and garden waste here
  • Rot – Composting is also a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Disposing of waste food in a compost bin in your garden can nourish the soil and help grow healthy plants, reducing the need for commercial fertilisers. Composting can keep up to 30 per cent of waste out of the rubbish bin. This saves energy as your waste isn’t being transported and processed elsewhere.

Give it a grow, whatever your space

Insects are declining and some species becoming endangered, and without pollinators like bees and butterflies, crops would be harder to grow and more expensive to buy. The council is helping by planting more trees and plants and creating more biodiversity and wildflower areas. You can help too by:

  • Planting flowers and trees and avoid cutting them and hedges down if you have a garden
  • If you don’t have a garden, make use of windowsills for wildflowers. Find out more about making a smaller space wildlife friendly here
  • Try to stick to natural grass, rather than artificial
  • Grow your own food in your garden, yard, patio or windowsill
  • Add a birdbox, birdfeeder or a bug hotel
  • Take part in our community tree planting events (more information below)

Get more information about gardening for wildlife.

Find out more about home composting and offers on composting bins.

What can businesses do?

Here are just some of the ways your organisation can help. If there’s anything in particular you’re doing that’s not listed below, help to inspire others and share your tips with us using the form below.

  • Map out your organisation’s impact on the environment and look at what you can change – like cutting down waste and reducing energy consumption
  • Bring your team(s) on board – tell them of your plans and how each of them can contribute
  • Check your supply chain – ask them what they’re doing to be more environmentally-friendly.

What is the council doing?

A cyclist and pedestrian-friendly road crossing

We have made significant inroads since we declared a climate emergency in 2019, which has seen an ongoing programme to replace all streetlights with LEDs; use of more electric vehicles; vast improvements to the energy efficiency of council homes and buildings; sustainable transport routes, plans and consultations for sustainable travel options; tree planting and biodiversity areas; substantial investment in leisure facilities to decarbonise heating systems and more.

Our focus on minimising the use of single-use plastics has seen water fountains installed; beach toy recycling boxes; promotion of sustainable businesses; and a 6ft sculpture of a seal created out of litter to help people visualise the impact of such litter on the environment and marine life.

We are also part of the £30m North East Community Forest Project, which will see the equivalent of almost 6,000 rugby pitches of new woodlands, hedgerows, orchards and trees planted by 2050 across North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham. It is also supported by combined authorities, charities and organisations. Working together we will plant thousands of hectares of trees that will both improve our natural environment and create happier and healthier places for us all to live, work in and visit. It will play a big part in creating more sustainable communities for us to live in for generations to come.

We have identified a number of sites in North Tyneside that we are excited to propose tree planting for. This includes the planting of native tree species along the existing tree line on the amenity grassland at Henley Gardens in Wallsend. The planting of these trees will strengthen and enhance the existing tree line that separates the grassland from the A19 and will help to reduce noise and the visual impact of the A19, remove harmful emissions from the atmosphere and increase biodiversity in the area. In designing this scheme, we have been careful to ensure that we retain a lot of green open space as we understand that this is valued by residents. You can find more information about the scheme below in the 'related documents' section. 

The council only has control over two per cent of the borough’s carbon emissions, so while we will lead by example, we absolutely need the help of residents and businesses in the area too. 

What’s next?

We are very ambitious for the future, including working towards being net zero by 2030, and we have plans to:

  • Publish a carbon net zero 2030 plan
  • Sustainable travel consultations
  • Continuing with our LED street lighting project
  • Continuing to replace our fleet with electric vehicle
  • Replacing the cremators and fitting new mercury abatement equipment, which helps to lower the amount of mercury released into the atmosphere
  • Installing water fountains elsewhere in the borough
  • More tree planting and biodiversity areas
  • Undertaking a survey to understand residents’ attitudes and behaviours towards climate change
  • A behavioural change campaign to support residents and businesses to take small steps to help create a more sustainable North Tyneside

Related documents

What is stopping you?

Group of children with the Action on Climate Change North Tyneside logo

Whether you’re an individual, family or business, or other organisation, if you’re facing a challenge in reducing your impact on the environment, let us know to see if we can help. Contact us on the form below.

Can you suggest an action?

Let us know if we’re missing something – however big or small - to help make a difference.

Contact us using this form.