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Pledge to tackle climate change.

PUPILS will unveil climate change artwork as a carbon-cutting partnership is launched at their school today.

The youngsters from Blyth Community College have created the collages as the backdrop to the partnership between Northumberland County Council and the Carbon Trust. Community leaders from the county will converge on the school to hear how radical plans to tackle climate change will unfold over the next five years.

It is hoped the council will be able to substantially reduce energy bills across its many sites, including schools and leisure facilities, as well as on vehicle fleets.

Councils across the UK spend about pounds 1.4bn a year on energy, with their operations emitting nearly seven million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

By joining the Local Authority Carbon Management Programme, Northumberland will be doing its bit to slash those figures.

The leader of Northumberland County Council, Jeff Reid, said: "We are committed to taking action on carbon emissions as we look to address the crucial issue of climate change.

"Energy is one of the largest controllable overheads for councils, so a good carbon management programme could lead to significant savings."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2009
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