Leeds launches pioneering Climate Commission

The University is one of 24 key Leeds businesses and organisations joining forces to encourage investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient development.

We'll be working alongside organisations ranging from Yorkshire Water and the NHS to housebuilders, transport providers and community groups.

Leeds City Council leader Councillor Judith Blake said: “In Leeds we are fully committed to creating a low carbon, climate resilient city, and the Climate Commission takes us another step closer to this.

“It will ensure that organisations across the city come together and really make a move to cut the city’s energy bill and look at how we can pass these savings on to households.”

A new website - candocities.org - has been launched, encouraging others to follow Leeds’ example.

It sets out the economic case for low carbon development not only for Leeds, but for each of the UK’s 50 biggest cities and for all local authorities across the UK.

The formal launch of the Leeds Climate Commission will be held at the Leeds City Museum on Thursday September 7.

Professor Andy Gouldson from the University's ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy has led some just-published research on how much energy could be saved by the UK's 50 largest cities using simple measures. The research shows that they could be saving £7 billion a year on energy bills - an average of £300 for every person in the cities - and cutting carbon emissions by almost a quarter more than currently expected.

Read more about this research.

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