A Durham climate change consultation is asking for people to give their opinions about energy usage across the county.

The consultation aims to look at exploring ways to tackle climate change in County Durham and wants people across the county to get involved in the discussion.

The Durham climate change consultation wants to reduce the county's carbon emissions and will take a look at areas such as transport, electricity usage and heating.

Durham County Council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and set itself a target of reducing its own carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and for the county as a whole to be 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2050.

The Durham climate change consultation was launched earlier this month and was designed to coincide with the Global Climate Strike, a nationwide week of action which ended today.

Durham climate change consultation: Cllr Carl Marshall (left) and Cllr John Clare
Cllr Carl Marshall (left) and Cllr John Clare in front of the Archimedes Screw at Freeman's Reach in Durham

Cllr John Clare, Durham County Council's climate change champion, said: "Since declaring a climate emergency earlier this year, we have been working hard with partner agencies to identify opportunities to reduce the council's and the county's CO2 emissions.

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"Now, however, we need the public to make this initiative their own, and to tell us their ideas and how they can help – so if you live in, work in, shop in or visit County Durham, we want to hear from you."

Cllr Carl Marshall, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "We are committed to developing clean industries and promoting a green economy here in County Durham. However, we need to ensure the county has the right infrastructure in place to cope with these changes and we want people's views as to how best to achieve this."

The Durham climate change consultation continues until Thursday October 31. To take part, go to www.durham.gov.uk/consultation.

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