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North East can be sustainable engine room of UK transition to net zero, summit hears

The North East can become the driving force of the UK’s transition to net zero, speakers at a sustainability summit have declared.

More than 200 representatives of businesses, voluntary organisations, education providers and the public sector attended the second annual Net Zero North East England summit in Newcastle, where it was announced that the region’s economy could gain a £1.9bn annual boost through the move towards net zero, supporting 27,000 green jobs.

Net Zero North East England is a collaboration between local government, business, education, the public sector, and civil society, which aims to drive a comprehensive regional approach to tackling the climate emergency. The partnership is co-chaired by Heidi Mottram, chief executive of Northumbrian Water, Coun Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council and Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne mayor, and includes board member representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses, engineering firm Mott MacDonald, Ryder Architecture and Northumberland County Council.

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