Working together to for a greener, more sustainable world

Newcastle has long been recognised for the central role it played in powering the first Industrial Revolution and is once again looking to play its part in the transition to a low carbon economy.

The city’s sustainability credentials are rubber stamped by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which has awarded Newcastle its highest Grade-A rating, and the Net Zero Newcastle Action Plan has set out how the city will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

To realise this vision for a greener, more sustainable Newcastle, the city is working with anchor institutions such as Newcastle University, which has also committed to net zero by 2030, to advance research and innovation in key areas such as digital infrastructure, electrification and data science.

Key to this collaboration is the Urban Observatory, a unique data monitoring centre that collects and analyses information, tracking floods and air pollution, monitoring traffic flows and even studying the behaviour of bees.

With more than 1,000 sensors deployed across Newcastle and Gateshead, Urban Observatory hosts the largest set of open environmental monitoring data in the world. This wealth of information helps decision makers in Newcastle use data to improve sustainability and quality of life for residents.

Newcastle’s historical ties to the maritime and manufacturing sectors are also being repurposed for the green industrial revolution. As a global port city with a proud shipbuilding heritage, Newcastle plays a major role in the offshore renewable energy sector.

The Port of Tyne has become the operations and maintenance base for the world’s largest wind farm at Dogger Bank, and the North Bank of the River Tyne is home to a number of international companies as well as the Global Underwater Hub.

Across North East England as a whole, the low carbon economy is now valued at £2.7bn and supports 7,600 jobs. The region has achieved a 56% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions between 2005 and 2020, with a per capita emissions rate that is 23% lower than the UK average.

These accomplishments demonstrate Newcastle’s commitment to environmental stewardship and at Invest Newcastle we are always on the lookout for companies who are paving the way for a greener future.

Our team can offer a range of bespoke services to those thinking about investing in the city, from introductions to key stakeholders and help finding suitable office premises to talent attraction and salary benchmarking, providing the essential local knowledge companies need to succeed.


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