A TYNEDALE village has pledged to improve its carbon footprint and become a ‘net zero’ community.

Climate conscious Humshaugh residents commissioned a Carbon Footprint Survey Report, in partnership with Newcastle University, to explore ways in which the village can reduce its carbon emissions and generate greater environmental action.

Questionnaires were received from more than 30 per cent of the village, and findings show that more than 73 per cent of respondents are concerned or very concerned about climate change.

“In Northumberland we have seen the County Council commit to net zero emissions by 2030,” said David Still CBE, one of the survey organisers.

“Statements look good but without action we achieve nothing. Of real importance is that it is up to us to make change happen.”

The survey found that only 37 per cent of households are on a green tariff while more than 77 per cent of households rely on oil or LPG gas for main form of heating.

This contributes to more than 28 per cent of all household carbon emissions.

Car usage and transportation is prevalent throughout the village, and the survey’s findings show that 22 per cent of the village’s carbon consumption comes from food purchasing and consumption.

Volunteers are now sought for an Action Group to drive forward the results of the survey to actuality. Those interested can contact: action@humshaughnetzero.org