Cutting the carbon footprint

NORTHUMBERLAND National Park Authority is ramping up efforts to reduce its carbon footprint with a range of activities during Climate Week 2011.

The 405 square miles of Northumberland National Park contains around 40 megatonnes of carbon, mostly locked up in its peaty soils and forests – the equivalent of a year of emissions by 10 million average cars.

Chief executive Tony Gates said: “Ensuring that the National Park and its communities are equipped and in a good position for climate challenges is very high on the authority’s agenda. Together with local communities and partners, we have set ourselves an aim of ensuring a living, working landscape in Northumberland for now and the future.”

The park has teamed up with a number of organisations to demonstrate sustainable living, including offering park residents free cavity wall and loft insulation, independent advice on how to save energy and money and become less dependent on fossil fuels and continuing the installation of electric car charging posts in and around the National Park.