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Our Work

The North East England Climate Coalition is focusing our work to:

  • Tackle the climate emergency
  • Reverse ecological collapse
  • Deliver an urgent and just transition

We have decided to address these priorities through a number of more specific categories or work streams.

Rather than NEECCo selecting its own work streams, the Interim Steering Group decided to align our work areas with the categories assigned by the UK Committee on Climate Change (UK-CCC).

The UK-CCC produce an annual progress report which is delivered to Parliament and for the last 5 years have consistently organised their work into 11 categories.  The most recent report was published in July 2019 and the Summary Report can be found here.


UK Climate Change Committee:

  • Surface transport
  • Aviation and shipping
  • Industry
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • Hydrogen
  • Buildings
  • Power
  • Agriculture and land use
  • Waste
  • Fluorinated gas (F-gas)
  • Public engagement

In discussion with the Steering Group and our wider partners, NEECCo has selected 4 initial areas to develop our proposals through Planning Groups (PGs).  The PGs will be convened by a lead organisation and/or individual and involve the relevant key individuals and organisations.  They will work collaboratively to deliver change both at scale and speed but only where there are gaps in existing activity and only where a regional or sub regional approach is needed.

The Planning Groups established so far are:

  • Agriculture and Land Use (led by North East England Nature Partnership)
  • Housing Retrofitting (led by Northern Housing Consortium)
  • Built Environment (led by RIBA NE / Constructing Excellence North East)
  • Public Engagement (led by VONNE & TUC)

We are also currently exploring the potential for establishing planning groups relating to waste and sustainable finance.

If you or your organisation could add value and would like to get involved in any of the Planning Groups, please Contact Us.

Indicators Work

Our vision is “Becoming England’s Greenest Region”, so we need to agree how we will know what progress we are making. Coalition partners have been working with the National Centre for Data Innovation at Newcastle University to agree a set of indicators that we determine how “green” a region is.

The indicators will need to be readily understandable by the public, simple and replicable, make use of publicly available data, and cover key aspects of the greening of a region. Underpinning the indicator set will be the overriding importance of our region becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible, but the indicators will also address the themes of ecological collapse and the importance of a just transition to a new green economy.

Currently working groups are creating indicator sets to address Natural Capital, Economic Capital and Social Capital, with the intention of agreeing a unified data dashboard during 2021.

Sectoral Work

Several of the Coalition’s regional level strategic partners are developing and delivering work that is not specifically linked to any of the NEECCo work streams, but are initiatives that have been catalysed or initiated in part in response to the emergence of NEECCo.  These initiatives are aiming to embed and begin to drive forward the ambitions of the Coalition at a sectoral level.

One example of this would be the work of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (NENC-ICS) on their Sustainability Strategy, much of which will be contained within the membership of the ICS itself, but some of which will doubtless involve partnerships across the Coalition.

Similarly, the regional business organisations (Chamber of Commerce, CBI and FSB) have developed a prospectus showcasing exemplary work from North East businesses and organisations in addressing the climate emergency, ecological breakdown and the just transition.  We are now working with them to consider the next initiative.

Finally, VONNE has convened the VONNE Climate Action Alliance to enable the delivery of a programme of community based and community led actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to test, learn from and share the ways in which Civil Society can best make its distinct contribution to the challenges of rapid change to a low carbon world www.vcaa.org.uk

NEECCo is working to encourage and support such programmes of work, using our agreed 3-tiered approach to developing sectoral level approaches:

  1. Sharing Good Practice
  2. Identifying positive examples and sharing them across the sector e.g. health, built environment, housing

  3. Collective planning and delivery, region-wide, sector-specific
  4. Identifying areas where collective work across the sector could bring significant savings or greater impact.

  5. Regional Activities which cut across sectors.
  6. Identifying areas where partnership beyond the sector would bring potential benefits and where being part of NEECCo could add value and increase impact

If your organisation would like to lead a sectoral response aligned with the aims and under the umbrella of NEECCo, please Contact Us