A HOUSING association has been praised for its efforts to curb climate change in the town.

Work by Erimus Housing, which looks after council housing in Middlesbrough, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4,000 tonnes this year.

Jim Gillon, the environmental protection officer for Middlesbrough Council, said: "Erimus' energy-saving improvements will be responsible for almost half of this year's planned carbon dioxide cuts.

"This is a real example that by working together, organisations and residents across the town can turn Middlesbrough's Climate Change Community Action Plan into reality."

Part of the carbon reduction will come from Erimus Housing's improvement plan, which is pouring more than £100m into properties across the town.

Bob Brady, chairman of the board for Erimus Housing, said: "We are committed to helping regenerate the town and part of our role involves helping protect against the threat of climate change.