Newcastle has been named Britain’s most sustainable city by climate change think-tank, Forum for the Future.
It says that the northern city outperformed previous winners Bristol and Brighton on 13 indicators of environmental performance, quality of life and preparedness for the future.
Chief executive Peter Madden said “Cities with an industrial heritage face genuine challenges, but Newcastle’s success shows that it is possible to overcome the legacy of the past and perform well on many measures of sustainability.
“We hope it will inspire other cities to redouble their efforts.”
Newcastle topped the environmental rankings, including air quality, wildlife and the “ecological footprint” of its residents - how much land needed for food, transport, housing, goods and services.
It also performed well in quality measures such as life expectancy and education, and marks a change from the north-south divide seen in the league table in the last two years.