Sustainable Darlington

Sustainable Development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

It is important to every person living in Darlington and is a concept which affects everyone's lives. It should involve local people, community groups, voluntary groups, decision makers, local businesses - everybody who has an interest in the development of Darlington.

How can I help make Darlington sustainable?


Darlington became a Fairtrade town in 2006.

Fairtrade Foundation website [external link]

Darlington Borough Council and climate change

Tees Valley Climate Change Strategy [pdf document]

We work with businesses, schools and residents to encourage everyone to reduce the carbon they produce from heating homes and offices and using cars and buses.

In June 2010, we adopted our first Carbon Management Plan [pdf document, 1.9mb] This plan sets out our ambition for reducing our own carbon emissions by 25% over the next 4 years and outlines the actions needed to be undertaken to achieve this target.

Our carbon footprint has been calculated as part of the process to develop the Carbon Management Plan. This captures emissions from all of the Council operations including operational buildings (Town Hall, Dolphin Centre, Civic Theatre, Central House and many more), each of the schools, employee travel and fleet vehicles.

The carbon footprint provides us with a baseline to set reduction actions against and then monitor progress against the target over the next 4 years.