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Sustainability Resource Guide: In Newcastle

Information about sustainability resources, events and activities at Newcastle University: a collaborative guide from NIReS and the University Library

Sustainability in Newcastle

Science Central

Science Central is a 24-acre site in Newcastle city centre, on the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle brewery. The vision for Science Central is for the creation of a new urban quarter in the centre of Newcastle which will be an exemplar in sustainability, attracting leading edge scientific organisations to a mixed new community encompassing a variety of educational, business and residential uses.

The project will have huge potential to attract new businesses to the region and help support job creation and long term investment over the next 15-20 years. In employment terms, the development will look to support existing local businesses, spin out new companies, and work with international PLCs, with an important aim being to raise the number of people taking science and technology courses at all levels to equip them with new skills for the future. It will provide a specialist business support hub and state-of-the-art facilities for small start-up science companies as well as inward investors, along with complementary leisure and retail facilities – a ‘home zone’ accommodating approximately 350 new residential properties, built to high environmental standards, is also planned.

Science Central site

Backed by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, and forming part of the Newcastle Science City (NSC) Initiative, the development builds on the city’s existing scientific expertise seen in areas such as stem cell and regenerative medicine at the International Centre for Life, and in ageing and healthcare at Newcastle University’s Campus for Ageing and Vitality.

As one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in the UK, the Science Central development will become a focus for the city’s expertise in sustainability and digital technologies. To support this, Newcastle University are exploring the possibility of locating some of its sustainability, digital and urban research on to the site.


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The Newcastle Climate Change Declaration

Newcastle City Council are committed to tackle climate change and to work with residents and partners to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 34% (from 1990 levels) by 2020. We aim to provide significant employment opportunities for Newcastle’s residents, reduce energy bills and boost the local economy.


As a council we will provide leadership by:

  • Reducing our own carbon emissions from our buildings, services, transport fleet and staff travel
  • Meeting 20% of our electricity demands by low carbon energy sources by 2020
  • Facilitating new ways of working which avoid the need to bring a private car to work and encourage more of our staff to cycle and walk to work
  • Using low carbon technologies across our fleet of vehicles
  • Giving all our children the opportunity to learn about the causes and impacts of climate change and encourage them to take positive action to reduce carbon emissions and help create sustainable local communities
  • Seeking to reduce domestic waste by 15% and increasing domestic waste recycling to 55% by 2020
  • Ensuring all new Council homes are built to the zero carbon standard from 2016
  • Ensuring that the Council’s housing stock has adequate heating and insulation and supporting our residents to reduce their energy use


We are fortunate to have leading-edge universities, strong private sector partners and national leaders in delivery of sustainability projects as partners. We will strongly encourage the interaction between academic research, business developments, and public service delivery. 
With partners, we will also aim to:

  • Ensure that every home that can benefit from cavity and loft insulation has been treated by 2015
  • Deliver low carbon energy solutions across the city including community based energy schemes, solid wall insulation and renewable energy generation
  • Support the city’s businesses in reducing their carbon emissions by 34% by 2020
  • Do all we can to support “green collar” jobs in sectors like marine and offshore technology
  • Develop the Science Central site as the focal point for applied research and practice by the public and private sectors across the whole sustainability field
  • Eradicate fuel poverty as far as is practicable by 2016 by both improving energy efficiency and increasing household incomes
  • Support work with residents to reduce their energy consumption by 10% through behavioural change and other low cost measures
  • Support the development and introduction of electric vehicles across the North East, including the expansion of charging points powered by renewable energy where practicable
  • Promote lower carbon methods of travel, aiming for a 4% reduction in fuel use through walking, cycling and better use of public transport by 2020
  • Stimulate and encourage the production and consumption of locally grown products and services.
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