Sustainability remains a specific strand of work to be undertaken through European Structural and Investment Funds.

The North East currently supports around 39,000 jobs across low-carbon sectors. With the continued help of world-leading research institutions and businesses, this vital contribution to sustainability will continue to progress.

Recent studies in sustainable growth  have confirmed the North East’s excellence in low and ultra-low carbon vehicles, built environment efficiency and offshore and marine energy. These sectors draw on the skills of national and local research centres, universities and colleges.

We’re committed to ensuring that the North East remains at the forefront of growth in low carbon, environmentally sustainable sectors; not only to keep up, but to constantly improve energy and resource efficiency – the global economy demands it.

This targeted degree of sustainability protects employment, reduces carbon emissions, reduces flooding risks and protects biodiversity.