Haringey Borough Council has teamed up with one of the country’s best universities to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.

The authority has entered into a research partnership with Durham University’s Energy Institute.

More than £90,000 has been invested so the council’s environmental team can work with the university on developing sustainable regeneration and insulating buildings to prevent energy loss.

The partnership will last for 12 months and be subject to review before continuing.

Councillor Joe Goldberg, the cabinet member for finance and carbon reduction, said the project would put the borough at the cutting edge of research.

He said: “That’s why we’re proud to be investing in the future of our borough through partnerships like this with Durham, which underline our commitment to exploring how innovation can create opportunities for our local communities and businesses.”

Professor Ray Hudson, deputy vice-chancellor of the Russell Group university, said: “We are pleased to be working with Haringey, a forward-thinking council that is committed to the establishment of a low-carbon economy.

“We hope that our world leading expertise in the energy arena will help them to reach their 2020 goal.”