North East CA declares climate emergency

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has formally declared a climate emergency and promised to identify the additional resources needed from government to support the shift towards net zero carbon.

Each of the combined authority’s four constituent authorities – Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland – have already declared a climate emergency and committed to ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions by 2030.

NECA also pledged to prioritise carbon reduction measures that will have the most impact whilst bringing additional benefits such as environmental improvements and economic growth.

Iain Malcolm, chair of NECA and leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This declaration underlines how seriously we are taking the issue of climate change and our collective commitment to a net zero carbon future. We have a moral responsibility to meet these challenges head-on and it is vital that we work together for our mutual benefit. There is already a vast amount of work, innovation and investment taking place across the NECA area to create a greener, more sustainable future for our residents.”