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N8 Research Partnership and Northern Powerhouse Partnership submit Comprehensive Spending Review bid to drive green recovery from Covid-19

(1 October 2020)

The N8 Research Partnership, the strategic collaboration of eight research-intensive universities in the North including Durham University, has joined forces with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership to submit a representation to the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review.

The N8 Research Partnership has joined forces with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership to submit a representation to the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Net Zero North (NzN) will connect the Northern Powerhouse’s science and research capabilities, skills providers and businesses to forge a green recovery from Covid-19 while simultaneously putting the UK at the forefront at the global drive for net zero carbon.

Three parallel, pan-Northern projects will accelerate economic growth by creating new jobs in the green economy and upskilling the workforces in economically challenging towns, cities and rural and coastal locations, supporting firms to innovate and adopt low carbon business models while creating large numbers of meaningful employment opportunities:

Sustainable Hydrogen Economy will support the economic regeneration of the North by establishing the region as a testbed for sustainable hydrogen use by industry; including green transport, industrial decarbonisation, and heating of residential and commercial buildings.

Grow Smarter will deliver a vision for a thriving, integrated net-zero landscape of the future – driving innovation and carbon-efficient land management in the rural economy, including natural carbon capture, regenerative agriculture, and bio-derived materials.

Skills and Productivity will build a green-skills ladder promoting upskilling of the Northern workforce for a sustainable and resource-efficient society. The NzN Skills Alliance will see the establishment of skills hubs in Teesside (Hydrogen) and Eden North/Morecambe (Grow Smarter).

The representation details why the North is the ideal location to the lead the UK’s transition to a net zero economy, and how £300m of government investment will unlock the potential represented by the region’s mix of industries, science and research capabilities, infrastructure and environmental assets.

Download and share our NZN submission here

Durham Energy Institute expertise contributes to the NetZeroNorth vision and plans, particularly through our leadership in hydrogen for transport, industrial decarbonisation and decarbonising heating.