In 2019 Newcastle became the first city in the UK where the City Council, University and NHS Trust all declared a Climate Emergency. This was made possible through the sustainability-focussed partnerships already in place between those organisations.

Since the declarations in 2019, all of the anchor partners have set net zero carbon targets, and developed their net zero strategies and action plans.

Since then the city has been ranked at the highest possible grade (A) in CDP’s global ranking for tackling climate change in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, and was ranked as 4th among single-tier local authorities in Climate Emergency’s Climate Action Scorecard in 2023. Working in collaboration, over £70m in funding has been secured for a range of decarbonisation projects.

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