The Sub Committee had oversight of the regional partnership groups which were lead by the NWDA or its key partners, notably the Climate Change Partnership, the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Partnership, the Northwest Energy Council (and Nuclear Forum) and the Newlands Partnership Board. The Agency took a lead role in each of these fora, bringing partners together to create programmes of substance. In this way, the Sub-committee ensured that good governance arrangements were in place, challenged the partnerships to deliver against their action plans and also ensured that there was cross working between the partnership groups.
As a major funder of capital projects and programmes, in 2007 the Agency Board agreed a series of challenging but realistic targets to provide leadership in driving up the environmental standards of NWDA funded building projects. The policy was reviewed and extended in 2010 to include a section on capital projects other than buildings. In addition, the ability to measure the carbon impacts of all investments from the £0.5bn Northwest Operational Programme (ERDF) and Single Programme (approx £400m/pa) was required, as one of the three global targets for the Operational Programme was to achieve a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions per unit of GVA. To enable this, a carbon calculator was developed to enable projects to assess their initial impacts and measure these on a quarterly basis. Developed with the user in mind, the calculator enabled revenue and capital projects to measure their impacts providing full carbon impacts and the ability to generate a wide range of reports.
It was also realised that awards and incentives do make a difference. Across each of the work-streams, NWDA supported a number of headline award schemes that encouraged businesses to be rewarded for their efforts through public acclaim, including: Northwest Business Environment Awards, the Northwest Construction Awards, the Northwest Energy Innovation Awards and the Green Tourism Business Scheme.