[holding answer 27 January 2009]: Carbon Neutral Newcastle set up a charity Carbon Neutral North East to help deliver its objective of making Newcastle the first carbon neutral city in the world. It delivers elements of the city’s climate change strategy, helping people and businesses understand their impact on climate change and providing them with information and support. Carbon Neutral North East also has the wider remit of promoting similar schemes and spreading the low carbon agenda through the north-east.
A grant was made from the Climate Challenge Fund over 2006-07 and 2007-08 to Carbon Neutral North East for a travelling outreach programme using a ‘Climate Dome’. This housed an exhibition about climate change, which brought information to the public throughout the north-east region. The Climate Challenge Fund was part of the Climate Change Communications Initiative granting funding to projects across England to encourage more positive attitudes towards tackling climate change. These projects worked through community-based organisations and other trusted intermediaries and used creative communications.
The dates and amounts of grants were as follows:
£ 2006-07 207,746 2007-08 188,275 Total 396,021
I understand this to be the total sum of grants DEFRA made to Carbon Neutral Newcastle. However, officials are still completing their research into the matter, and if any other grants are identified I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Libraries of the House.