Tackling climate change is one of the strategic priorities for Leeds City Council. Reducing damaging carbon emissions can save us all money and preparing for likely changes to weather patterns means that we can protect everyone’s quality of life.
Leeds’ Climate Change Strategy
Leeds’ climate change strategy is a clear set of priorities that organisations across Leeds are working on to tackle the causes and impact of climate change.
It sets out a far reaching, city-wide approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making sure that Leeds is resilient to changing weather patterns. The priorities build on the successes of work already being delivered by the Leeds Initiative partners.
Leeds City Council’s climate change action plan
The council’s climate change action plan shows all of the projects that it is working on to make sure it reduces it’s carbon emissions and helps others to do the same.
Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP) using the past to prepare for the future
To help the council and other organisations prepare for the effects of climate change, past extreme weather events and their consequences have been examined. These tell us how organisations and communities have responded and can help us identify vulnerable areas. We can use this information to plan for the future.
British Energy Challenge in Leeds
Leeds is committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 but the scale of change needed to meet this target is hard to visualise. To help you understand the sorts of decisions the will need to be taken, the government has developed the 2050 Calculator. This is a user friendly model that lets you create your own UK emissions reduction pathway, and see the impact using real UK data. It brings energy and emissions data alive, showing the benefits, costs and trade-offs of different versions of the future. It allows you to explore the fundamental questions of how the UK can best meet energy needs and reduce emissions. So can you keep the lights on and reduce emissions by 80%?
If you’re interested in finding out what we’re doing with partners and communities across the city to deliver various carbon reducing projects, click on the external link to our Low Carbon Leeds blog.
Leeds Committee on Climate Change
Leeds believes that a resource efficient and climate resilient city will not only be a better place to live, it will also be more competitive and better placed to ride out future economic shocks. But this can only be achieved by bringing together the key stakeholders in the public, private and civic sectors to promote and guide on-going transitions.
Following discussions earlier this year with key representatives from these sectors, it was agreed that we should establish an independent Leeds Committee on Climate Change which mirrors the national Committee on Climate Change. You can download more information about the Leeds Committee on Climate Change from the download section of this page.
To express an interest in becoming a member of the Leeds Committee on Climate Change Strategy Group or one of its Working Groups, please send us your CV and a covering letter briefly explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and what expertise you feel you can bring (NB: please specify if you are interested in joining the Strategy and / or a named Working Group).
Please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
CLOSING DATE FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Monday 7th November 2016