GENEE Skills

Our GENEE skills can equip organisations with the knowldge and tools to integrate sustainability across their operations to support compliance, lower resource use, reduce costs and green tendering processes.  Capability North East works with clients to develop and implement policies, strategies and plans for a range of areas, including sustainability, biodiversity, net gain, green and blue infrastructure, health and nature, single use plastics and climate resilience.


 Through our associates we can guide the implemention of Environmental Mamangement Systems (Investors in the Environment, ISO and European eco-Management Audit Scheme), help with preparations for the audit process and deliver training programmes.




Greening the Economy of North East England (GENEE) packages


We work with organisations of every type and size, to support increased understanding of the links strategic and operational ambitions have to the  sustainability/ environmental agenda.  Creating opportunities to save money and implement the right practices for their business, at the same time as reducing environmental impacts. By signing up to one of our GENEE packages we will also support you to become ready for the Investors in the Environment (iiE) accreditation process (or similiar), join a local Forest Carbon scheme and make a contribution to the Capability Environment Fund.


Together we can develop a core package of activities that will benefit your organisation including:

  • Governance: policies and stakeholder strategies
  • Capacity building: staff skills, training and workshops
  • Knowledge & Analysis: audits, surveys, baselines and action plans, CO2 emissions
  • Communications: strategy development, campaigns and PR

Each year we hold a GENEE awards event to celebrate the GENEE and Investors in the Environment successes of our members.

Pricing and further information about our GENEE packages can be found via this link.

GENEE projects


These projects are selected by you and often identified through GENEE Package work. The purpose is to focus on an area of importance to the organisation and/ or where a significant impact can be made.


A project topic may be business critical, identified as a high use area with potential for reductions and savings, focusing on community engagement, staff training or a project to understand the business impact on biodiversity. Or it might be policy development and implementation for waste, flooding, Single Use Plastics or resource reduction.  The important factor is that it is of business importance and will catalyse change and continous improvement.

Natural Capital & Biodiversity Plans


Natural Capital is all of the value that nature provides for both us and organisations; it is the natural assets we have available to us, generally for free. Natural Capital is at the forefront of the government’s environment agenda and recognition of the need to account for its use is steadily increasing.


We can help with understanding where the natural capital risk to your business (water, food, soil, energy etc) is and develop plans to manage and account for this. Alternatively, you might want to develop Natural Capital Plans to enhance the natural capital of your sites or to identify ways of mitigating or off setting natural capital and CO2 impacts of your business activity.


There are many reasons why a business would want to better appreciate its connection to biodiversity (the variety of nature) and natural capital:

  • Know what is there through a natural capital audit
  • Increased knowledge of the business impacts to on-site biodiversity via activities or supply chains
  • Support development plans and applications
  • A CSR commitment to make a positive/ net gain contribution to biodiversity
  • Identify constraints and opportunity
  • Understand the risks posed to business operations from a changing climate

Even simple measures taken by small businesses can cumulatively benefit both biodiversity and the organisation concerned.

Environment Design Review 12


EDR12 comprises twelve questions that are designed to be used as a way of structuring discussions and apraisal of a proposed development scheme. A specially selected panel of experts will consider three questions relating to each of the following four key themes when reviewing the design:

  1. Economy with Ecology
  2. Naturally Healthy
  3. Landscape & Nature
  4. Learning Naturally

Based on a simple traffic light system (red, amber and green) it is recommended that proposed new developments aim to:

  • Secure as many Greens as possible;
  • Minimise the number of Ambers; and
  • Avoid Reds.


Contact us to explore how we can work with you to save money and Green the Economy of North East England.