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Energy Summit to explore opportunities for supply chain to deliver net-zero solutions

Businesses in the North East energy sector are being invited to a free event that will discuss areas where the region can capitalise on innovative opportunities arising from COP-26.

The North East Energy Catalyst Summit will also showcase the best of regional innovation and demonstration assets, illustrating the role of laboratories, living labs and technical hubs in seeking solutions to net-zero challenges.

The North East Energy Catalyst Summit, organised by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will bring the sector together to discuss opportunities and accelerate the drive towards decarbonisation.

David Lynch, energy innovation manager at the LEP, said: “The North East has the skills, infrastructure and organisations to position it as a leader in the UK’s drive to net-zero.

“We want to invite all those involved in our regional energy sector to join us at the North East Energy Catalyst Summit to explore how industry, the public sector, academia and governmental bodies can work together to make sure that we maximise on opportunities and drive economic growth in our region.”

The North East Energy Catalyst already brings together 14 of the region’s energy innovation, demonstration and delivery organisations and now it is opening up membership to SMEs operating in the energy sector.

David added: “Industry, universities and government bodies are working together through the North East Energy Catalyst and we’d now like North East SMEs to join the network, creating a unified partnership which is ready to tackle some of the major energy challenges that the world is facing.”

As well as opening up membership of the Catalyst and exploring opportunities for growth in the energy sector, delegates at the North East Energy Catalyst Summit will hear from investors in the region, including Tom Nightingale from Equinor, on why they chose the North East as a base for their organisation.

The North East Energy Catalyst Summit will take place online on Tuesday, March 8 from 9.30am until 12pm. Tickets are free and can be booked at

You can learn more about the North East Energy Catalyst at