The challenges that society faces around a sustainable future cannot be confronted alone. We believe that, by working in partnership, the entire NewcastleGateshead conurbation can be made into a global exemplar of effective approaches to attaining sustainability in long-established cities. The ScienceCentral development, in the heart of Newcastle, will provide an exemplar in sustainability.

Collaborating with a range of local authorities and enterprises from across the region, NIReS engages with businesses and the wider society in considering the issues surrounding sustainability, helping them to understand the opportunities that Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding areas offer in terms of tangible solutions and initiatives to address sustainability challenges.

Newcastle has come a long way from its industrial heritage of coal mining and ship building to being awarded the status of the UK’s most sustainable large city, according to influential think tank Forum for the Future, which bestowed the accolade on our city in both 2009 and 2010. A key element of our approach to sustainability is the development of a Living Lab, which will build on the established credentials of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.

The development of the University's state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion facility at Cockle Park Farm is helping farms become more sustainable by creating energy from waste.

We are leading the way in the development of a Food Policy Council for the North East of England and helping to prompt discussions in other regions about the developing of further FPCs nationally.