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.
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.