Sustainability at the EDC

Newcastle City Council and the representatives from the Sustainability group have joined forces to create and foster projects related to energy and environment.

The project objective is to combine the knowledge, information and data accumulated by Newcastle City Council with research from Newcastle University for the benefit of Newcastle residents.

Image of: Social housing in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

Social housing in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

The project team comprises of council officers at the Sustainability Unit, Children Services and researchers in the Energy Systems Analysis Group (ESAG). Since October 2006 the project team has been undertaking initial scoping activities.

The main project strategies have focused on:

Specific energy projects

The project team is involved with creating sustainability projects related to public buildings. The objective is to reinforce and symbolise Newcastle City Council's commitment to long term sustainability. Public buildings offer a great opportunity to convey this message, therefore specific energy projects so far have been connected to flagship buildings in Newcastle.



We have established a partnership between Newcastle City Council and researchers at ESAG to address the sustainability challenge complementing the Building Schools for the Future and Science City programmes. We have developed a number of action oriented projects building on the Enviroschools programme across 90 city schools.


Public Finance Initiatives (PFI's)

Newcastle City Council has an extensive public building programme in place, which could further raise the profile of the place and provide a better and more sustainable environment for future generations. The Building Schools for the Future (BSF) aims to transform Newcastle schools and make them examples of educational excellence. The Central and the Heaton Library are also currently undergoing radical redevelopment.


Policy and planning

For Newcastle City Council to stay in the forefront of sustainable development, the planning framework needs to be updated and more emphasis is required n sustainability. The Local Development Framework will have to be aligned with the best practice available and with regional, national and EU Policy.



After the successful regeneration project in Byker, Newcastle City Council has decided to establish similar projects for the residents of Scotswood Benwell, Walker Riverside and the city centre.


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Upcoming seminars

The EDC often hosts, arranges or is associated with a wide variety of seminars related to its activities.

These seminars (often in association with an engineering institute) are always open to students and staff at the university and often to the public.

Upcoming events will be listed on this website in the future. Please check back from time to time for updates.