About Leeds Climate Commission

The Leeds Climate Commission was established in 2017 to help Leeds to make a positive choice on issues relating to energy, carbon, weather and climate. It brings together key organisations and actors from across the city and from the public, private and third sectors.

Informed by the work of the UK Committee on Climate Change, the Leeds Climate Commission seeks to be an independent voice in the city, providing authoritative advice on steps towards a low carbon, climate resilient future so as to inform policies and shape the actions of local stakeholders and decision makers. It will monitor progress towards meeting the city’s carbon reduction targets and recommend actions to keep the city on track and advise on the assessment of the climate-related risks and adaptation opportunities in the city and on progress towards climate resilience.

The Commission aims to foster collaboration on projects that result in measurable contributions towards meeting the city’s climate reduction targets and the delivery of enhanced climate resilience, particularly in the area of flood risk. It will promote best practice in public engagement on climate change and its impacts in order to support robust decision-making.

The Commission will also act as a forum where organisations can exchange ideas, research findings, information and best practice on carbon reduction and climate resilience.

The Commission will produce an annual report that will feed into the democratic process through Leeds City Council and will be presented to the Leeds Sustainable Economy and Culture Board. It will also produce other reports and position papers on an occasional basis.


Structures and Members

The Leeds Climate Commission is chaired by Professor Andy Gouldson (University of Leeds), with the vice chair from Leeds City Council (Councillor Lisa Mulherin), with members being drawn from key organisations and groups from across the city.

The Commission is guided by a Strategy Group and supported by working groups on low carbon development, climate resilience and public engagement and communications. Each of these groups meet 4 times a year, with agendas and notes from the Strategy Group being published through our website and summarized in our newsletters. We have also have an ad hoc project development and finance group, formed since a networking initiative on 1st May 2018, which has developed a programme of workshops and hosted a national conference on green finance with Dept for BEIS and UK100 in January 2019.

The Commission will engage more broadly through the Leeds Climate Forum that will hold open meetings at least twice a year. In July 2019, the Commission came together with Leeds City Council to host jointly a city-wide conversation on the climate emergency, ongoing until 31 October.

Read our annual reports for 2017 and 2018.


Join Leeds Climate Commission

We welcome applications from representatives from businesses, organisations, charities and community/voluntary groups and from public sector services who feel they can add value and identify synergies with ongoing work across the city. Members of the Commission are appointed on an individual basis (ie not as representatives of their company or organisation) but senior-level authorisation from within their place of work is preferred.

Membership is renewed annually (usually around October/November) with terms running for one year. See here for more details and how to apply.

Our updated Terms of Reference and current members are also available to see in the downloads.