Leeds City Council has passed a Motion to declare a climate emergency in the city.

The majority vote, for a White Paper Motion presented by Council Leader, Cllr Judith Blake (pictured), was passed at a full Council meeting on 27 March 2019.

In passing the Motion, the Council resolved not only to declare a climate emergency, but to sign up to a science based carbon reduction target consistent with achieving the Paris Agreement of no more than 1.5°C global temperature increase.

The resolution included working to make Leeds carbon neutral by 2030 and calling on central government to provide the funding and powers to make this possible. (Read our story.)

This section of our website will bring together coverage and information of events and activities relating to the Climate Emergency that the Leeds Climate Commission is involved with.

Leeds carbon roadmap

The Climate Commission was tasked, by the Council, with producing a science based roadmap for Leeds. This was produced by our Chair, Prof Andy Gouldson, and his team - read our story and view the roadmap report.

The roadmap was presented to Leeds City Council's executive board on 17 April 2019. (See the agenda and minutes and view the webcast .)

Big Leeds Climate Conversation

Since then, Leeds Climate Commission has worked collaboratively with the Council to co-host a city-wide conversation on the climate emergency. "The Big Leeds Climate Conversation" was launched at an event at the University of Leeds on 16 July.

Cllr Lisa Mulherin, executive member for climate change, transport and sustainable development, gave the opening address and announced initiatives by the Council around support for businesses and organisations to reduce travel emissions, as well as a series of community car-free days across Leeds. Council leader Judith Blake gave the closing address. 

Read the press release and watch the video of the climate Q&A. A video of the livestream and separate films of the speakers can be found on the Big Leeds Climate Conversation YouTube channel.) 

We have also produced information on how you can join in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation and become a climate champion

Citizens' Jury

The Climate Commission is undertaking the process of running a Citizens' Jury on the climate emergency.

The Leeds Climate Change Citzens' Jury is currently being recruited working with the experts at Shared Futures CIC and the Sortition Foundation. An oversight panel has been set up, with organisations from across Leeds represented on it, to monitor the process and select expert commentators. Read this story and check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Focus groups

We are also running four focus groups with specific groups to find out what issues are important to people. the first of these will be in Burmantofts in Leeds on 2 October - details to follow.