Ambition to become ‘England’s greenest region’ launched in the North East

We are pleased to announce our support for the North East of England Climate Coalition (NEECCo) which has today (Tuesday March 30th 2021) officially launched the collective ambition for the North East region of “Becoming England’s Greenest region”.

NEECCo is England’s first regional cross-sector climate coalition and we are calling for every individual, household, business and organisation to sign up and make a pledge to do their bit via its website at

The cross-sector coalition is bringing the North East region together to tackle the climate emergency, to reverse ecological collapse and deliver a just transition to a new green economy.

VONNE is proud to be a key partner in NEECCo alongside a wide range of public sector, private sector, and community sector organisations. We truly believe we can go further and faster together, for the benefit of our people, communities, and economy in the North East.

For more information, read the North East England Climate Coalition launch statement.

At VONNE, we've pledged this year to implement a sustainability policy and action plan working towards Investors in the Environment, and we hope our members across the VCSE sector will sign up as NEECCo supporters and make their own pledge to help with “Becoming England’s Greenest region”. 

Chair of NEECCo Sir Paul Ennals said: “The North East has a unique history. It was the birthplace of the industrial revolution and of innovations such as steam engines, deep pit mining, electric turbines and coal-fired power stations. These world-leading developments built the historic wealth of the region through coal, and it places a responsibility on our region to be at the forefront of the next industrial revolution – one based on a green economy with good jobs, better quality of life and enhanced natural assets for everyone to enjoy.

“We call upon everyone in the North East to do their bit so that we can move closer towards ‘Becoming England’s Greenest Region, so everyone benefits from greener neighbourhoods, improved air quality, more efficient homes, increased job opportunities and a better quality of life.”

Alan Foster, chief executive of the North East and North Cumbria ICS, which brings together health agencies and other partners including hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, added: “Climate change is already having a negative impact on people’s health and wellbeing. It’s therefore in the interests of the health system to get fully behind this initiative and to play our part in reducing carbon emissions, protecting and enhancing nature and providing positive impacts for all.”

Sarah Glendinning, regional director of the CBI, stated: “For businesses, addressing the climate emergency is not only the right thing to do, but research demonstrates it enhances their sustainability and profitability.

“It makes good business sense to address these issues at pace as more and more customers – from the public sector, other businesses and the public – are demanding firm action on the climate imperative. I hope businesses from across the North East will get behind this initiative, sign up and make their pledge as we have done.”

Visit the NEECCo website at today and make your pledge. Together we can achieve far more.