The gross impact of the regional partners work programmes from 2002 to 2012 was substantial, contributing £272m to regional GVA and leveraging £323m of private sector funding.  The programmes created 2400 jobs and safeguarded a further 9000.  The environmental outputs were similarly significant in reducing regional carbon emissions by 1.4m tonnes, saving 17m tonnes of materials and diverting 8m tonnes of waste away from landfill.

Output Measure Total Output Measure Total
Contribution to GVA (£) 272.5m Cost savings to businesses (£) 98m
Jobs Created 2,400 Jobs Safeguarded 9,000
Businesses Assisted 16,500 Businesses Advised 5,500
Carbon dioxide saved (tonnes) 1.4m Material savings (tonnes) 17m
Water savings (litres) 5m Waste Diverted from Landfill (tonnes) 8m
Brownfield Land regenerated (Ha) 1,000 New environmental products produced 197
Stakeholders formally engaged 250,000 Leverage of project facilitation funds (£) 41m
Private Sector Funds Leveraged (£) 323m* Public Sector Funds Leveraged (£) 64m

 Note: The totals (rounded down for ease of reference) are a mixture of actuals achieved through externally evaluated projects and current contract totals for those projects still in delivery. Also, with businesses assisted the definition of universal, intermediate and intensive had changed over time.  Therefore the number of total businesses is a total of all three and may be under-reported due to ERDF not funding universal support and it not being counted for the newer projects.

The Timeline below depicts the lifespan of Energy and Environment Projects and Programmes.

Projects Timeline

All of this activity was linked to the transformational actions contained within the Northwest Regional Economic Strategy, underpinned by robust research conducted to assess the Northwest’s enviro-economic strengths and challenges.  The underlying principle adopted was to support the region to maximise the economic benefits of its transition to a low carbon economy, capitalise on and protect its environmental assets, and reduce the economic risks associated with climate change and unsustainable business practices.

The approach taken varied between work-streams as funding and capacity allowed, but the common processes included: development of a comprehensive evidence base through research and analysis to identify priority interventions; development of an action plan with key partners; testing out individual proposals through feasibility studies; building a strong delivery team and monitoring/evaluating results.