Sunderland Council’s green pledge

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SUNDERLAND has confirmed its commitment to fighting climate change through the use of technology.

The city, which pledged to cut its CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 when it signed up to the European Union Covenant of Mayors in 2009, has signed up to the Green Digital Charter.

The charter reinforces Sunderland’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and its commitment to the Eurocities declaration on Climate Change.

It also strengthens the city’s case when it comes to applying for funding associated with low carbon initiatives.

According to the latest Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics, Sunderland has reduced its carbon levels by 14 per cent compared to 2005 levels.

Council leader Paul Watson said: “As a city at the forefront of digital developments, we’re committed to using ICT as a tool to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions.”