Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November, Newcastle University and the North of Tyne Combined Authority have joined forces to host the regions first Green Economy Summit.

The online summit, on 23 June, will bring together global experts, industry and, public and social sector leaders who are already driving change to explore how our region can lead the charge towards Net Zero and have an economy powered by clean jobs and growth.

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll said: “The most important goal is to get carbon out of the atmosphere.  That’s a simple aim but is devilishly complicated to achieve.  From how we travel to where we buy our food, everything needs to be looked at. We’re doing our bit at the Combined Authority.  This summit shows the real progress we’re making on multiple fronts.  We’re helping businesses reduce their carbon emissions.  We’re investing in innovative renewable technologies.  We’re creating thousands of jobs right now.  And we’re helping people skill up for the green jobs of the future. Time has run out, let’s work together to make the change happen.”

Cllr Nick Forbes, NTCA Cabinet Member for Jobs, Innovation and Growth said,  “Recovery and growth for our region is at the heart of the Combined Authority’s vision.  The summit is an opportunity to showcase our world class research and development, testing and manufacturing expertise. “

The afternoon starts with an opening keynote address by The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth. There will be parallel workshops on themes closely aligned to current government priorities and the levelling up agenda.  They will set out the underlying trends, new investments, and future priorities for:

  • clean energy and offshore wind
  • future mobility and net-zero transport
  • rural and natural assets

Poster with text advertising the Green Economy Summit and logos of North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle University

The plenary session will explore practical routes to a sustainable circular economy, including hearing about the North of Tyne Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change.

Norma Redfearn, Deputy Mayor of North of Tyne said, “We need to ensure the voices of citizens of all ages and backgrounds are heard.  Which is why I am pleased we will be able hear about our Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change at this important summit”

Cllr Glen Sanderson, NTCA Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative and Rural  said, “The Summit will be a must-attend for anyone with an interest in our climate challenge, and the significant opportunity it represents for the region.”

Professor Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Place at Newcastle University, said: “In the North of Tyne, we are working to create an ecosystem that connects research and innovation to public and private partners that will benefit the economy, the environment and the wider wellbeing of our business and communities. In the run up to COP26, through the summit, we want to demonstrate the potential that exists to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth which contributes to the UK’s ambitious Net Zero agenda.”

The video of the Green Summit is available to watch on the event website.