North of Tyne Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change

May 9, 2022 Nina Sartor
May 9, 2022 j.carrick
April 25, 2022 j.carrick
April 25, 2022 Lovester Kyeremaa- Aperpeng

The Citizens' Assembly is one part of Newcastle's 'three pronged approached' to combating the climate emergency which also includes the formation of a cross-part committee and a 'Net Zero Board' that will include representatives from the city's universities and hospitals.

Problems and Purpose:

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) consists of Newcastle, north Tyneside and Northumberland local authorities, with a population of 816,000 individuals in urban and rural communities combined. Zero carbon and zero poverty targets were launched by the mayor to reduce emissions and promote the local economy by raising awareness of low carbon business opportunities.

Background History and Context:

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities:

The North of Tyne Combined Authority Funded and organised the assembly.

Participant Recruitment and Selection:

The selection process for selection was undertaken by the Sortation Foundation, using random stratified sampling.

Assembly were given £300 in vouchers to thank and compensate them for participating.

Methods and Tools Used:

The assembly design and operated independently from NTCA.

 Visual activities were used to engage the assembly members, mixing different forms learning and participation so everyone feels included.

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation:

The assembly was held in 8 sessions, introducing and providing information about ways the North of Tyne can tackle zero carbon and zero. Due to Covid the assembly was mainly held online (over Zoom).


Session 1:  introduction to NTCA – mayor welcomed and introduced the project and highlights the its importance 

Session 2 : Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, and Dr Elizabeth Lewis, Lecturer in Computational Hydrology, Newcastle University explain what climate change is and talk about its impact now and in the future.

Session 3: highlighting what the local authorities are doing to tackle this issue

Session 4: housing and climate change 

Session 5: transport and climate – highlighting the link between climate change and transport and analysing how change can come. 

Session 6: no session 

Session 7: renewable energy – discussing how renewable energy can benefit us and also highlighting the different types of renewable energies and the cost and effectiveness 

Session 8: closed session [1]

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects:

Most of the assembly's recommendations related to themes of housing, transport and energy and fall into three broad categories[1]:

  1. Recommendations that NTCA can implement.
  2. Recommendations that require collaboration: NTCA will work closely with the Local Authorities, public sector organisations, local businesses, the voluntary sector, and citizens.
  3. Recommendations that involve influencing government: with the authority of the voice of the people NTCA will work to shape the national debate.

NTCA's response to the assembly's recommendations was published on 25 January 2022 [2].

Analysis and Lessons Learned:

See Also:


[1] North of Tyne Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change [online]. available: [accessed: 25/04/2022]

[2] North of Tyne Combined Authority, Cabinet, 25 January 2022 [online], p.9-18

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