Set against the global urgency of combating climate change, the North East of the United Kingdom is aligning its regional strategies with national and international commitments, like the Paris Agreement. This agreement, which the UK is a party to, strives to limit global warming to well below 2°C, ideally to 1.5°C. The UK’s ambitious target of achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has profound implications for the North East, given its unique industrial background and economic landscape. The region is instrumental in contributing to the UK’s goal of reducing emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, as part of the Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.
In response, the North East is undertaking significant climate action, emphasizing both mitigation and adaptation strategies.
The region’s focus on achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 involves harnessing renewable energy sources, particularly offshore wind, and advancing sustainable urban development. These efforts are vital in the face of heightened risks from extreme weather and rising sea levels. Additionally, the region is developing robust adaptation measures, such as improving flood defences in coastal areas and redesigning urban spaces to withstand increased rainfall. Integrating green infrastructure and effective water management in urban planning is critical to enhancing resilience against climate impacts, thereby safeguarding the region’s environmental, social, and economic well-being.