Chloe Shakesby

"Ground-breaking" new fund set to invest £18m into the North East's green economy

A North East organisation has announced that it is setting up a “ground-breaking” new investment fund to tackle carbon emissions.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has today (June 23) revealed its Green New Deal Fund, which will see up to £18m invested in low carbon infrastructure and directly into SMEs to support business growth and innovation.

The fund, which was announced at the Green Economy Summit, will be delivered in partnership with Amber Infrastructure.

It is made up of a £9m investment from the North of Tyne Combined Authority, with Amber, sourcing an additional £9m investment. The fund will be operational and open for applications in September 2021.

Nick Forbes, portfolio holder for jobs, innovation and growth, commented: “A green and just economic recovery has risen in significance not only locally but internationally too.

“We recognise both the scale of the challenge of moving to net zero and the opportunities associated with green growth.

“We are delighted to partner with Amber to deliver our Green New Deal Fund, a ground-breaking approach to tackle carbon emissions whilst delivering inclusive economic growth and a game-changing investment in good green jobs.

“This boldly ambitious fund is one of the first of its kind. It will invest in the projects needed to decarbonise our region and will support our green recovery by investing in our local businesses to help them access the economic opportunities associated with our move towards net zero.”

Giles Frost, chair of Amber Infrastructure, said: “Amber is delighted to have been appointed by the North of Tyne Combined Authority to establish the innovative Green New Deal Fund which has been created to benefit the people of the region.

“The fund is ambitious. It will bring new money to the region promoting economic growth and at the same time help to deliver the mayor’s goal of achieving net zero. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with the new fund and all its wider stakeholders.”

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