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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is about improving quality of life, long term. The best known definition is from the 1987 Bruntland Commission: “Development that meets the need of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. In Leeds sustainable development means achieving the priorities in the Vision for Leeds 2030 which is for Leeds to be the best city in the UK.

  • Leeds will be fair, opening and welcoming
  • Leeds' economy will be prosperous and sustainable
  • All Leeds’ communities will be successful

Achieving sustainable development in Leeds will mean that Leeds will be the:

Best city … for children

Best city … for business

Best city … for communities

Best city … for health and wellbeing

Best city … to live

The challenge is to achieve improvements in economic, social and environmental quality of life at the same time and not at the expense of each other, while also remaining within natural and financial resource constraints.

As part of Leeds City Council’s key objectives to be the best city, we will focus on:

  • Enhancing our sense of place: understanding the characteristics of different places to inform the future;
  • Promote, protect and enhance the design quality of places: influencing local environments to have a positive influence on quality of life to the benefit of the people of Leeds – including residents, businesses and visitors;
  • Reducing Leeds’ ecological footprint: reducing the resource consumption of the city including greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Enhancing Leeds’ environmental capacity: increasing the environment’s ability to support the city and adapting to future climate change.

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.

For additional links on sustainable development and how to start making changes, we have provided some links:

Community Energy Hub: Provides a single point of access for information on community energy across the internet, helping people to easily find the information they need when they need it. It also helps community energy groups share information amongst themselves and with other organisations, including potential funders or project partners. Environmental Funders Network: is an informal network of trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues.


Click to expandDoes Leeds have a strategy for sustainable development?

In Leeds, sustainable development means achieving the priorities in the Vision for Leeds 2030. Therefore the strategy for sustainable development is the same as the Vision for Leeds and all of the associated documentation available on the Leeds Initiative website.

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