Carbon Literacy training a ‘win-win’ for organisations and employees, evidence finds

6th September, 2021 - 11:34


Carbon Literacy training encourages employees to reduce emissions both at the work place and at home – and improves staff motivation, a study by University of Leeds has found.

An evaluation of the effectiveness of Carbon Literacy shows the training works because it creates new work cultures and directly engages staff in making a difference to the organisation. Training can help to increase general staff motivation and identification with a common cause at the workplace.

Climate Change Summit to be held in Leeds

4th August, 2021 - 17:00


As the UK looks forward to hosting the world’s largest climate change conference, COP26, later this year in Glasgow, Leeds will be hosting a climate summit of its own.

Leeds' sister Commission, the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission has announced that it is partnering with the Yorkshire Post for the one-day event on 10 November. The  venue for the hybrid event has been confirmed as the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Leeds Council launch Local Plan Update consultation

29th July, 2021 - 12:30


Leeds City Council has launched a consultation on its Local Plan Update. The consultation started on 19th July for a period of 8 weeks and the Conucil are inviting views from anyone who lives, works, studies or has a business in the Leeds district. The consultation is focussed on climate change issues, titled ‘Your Neighbourhood, Your City, Your Planet’. It will focus on ways the Council can shape planning policy to reduce our city’s impact on the environment and help the city achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

Submit your ideas for excellent bus services for Leeds!

8th July, 2021 - 16:13


Leeds Civic Trust is hosting a Competition of Ideas encouraging citizens to put forward their ideas about how the bus services in Leeds can be improved to become excellent.

The Trust wants people to think beyond the usual constraints that shape Leeds’ bus service today – tight budgets, often expensive and confusing fares, congestion and delays, a lack of integration between services - and suggest how better public transport can improve the quality of their daily life.

Leeds takes the spotlight in climate podcast

2nd July, 2021 - 12:34

The pioneering work of Leeds Climate Commission has been featured in a new climate podcast run by the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN).

The PCAN Podcast, which launched in March this year, shines the spotlight on the wave of climate action that is building across the UK.

'Leeds Acts Together' campaign launches

23rd June, 2021 - 17:47

A social media campaign has been launched by Leeds Climate Commission working with organisations and individuals across Leeds to promote climate action by local businesses and organisations.

It follows the themes of  BBC Radio 5 Live's coverage of local climate action, called Leeds: City on a Mission, and will amplify the issues through a parallel but independent social media presence. 

New Leeds solar and insulation scheme launches for low-income homeowners

24th May, 2021 - 19:27

Eligible residents will be able to install energy saving technology—including solar panels, cavity wall insulation and, in some areas, external wall insulation—completely free of charge.
Leeds City Council has secured £5.6m from the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to make nearly 685 of the city’s coldest homes healthier, warmer, and cheaper with energy saving measures. The work supports the council’s efforts both to reduce fuel poverty and tackle climate change and will be carried out in partnership with Better Homes Yorkshire. 

5 Live puts national focus on local climate action in Leeds: City on a Mission

21st May, 2021 - 13:30


BBC Radio 5 Live is launching a new year-long project that will follow the city of Leeds in its efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Leeds has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030. BBC Radio 5 Live will follow families, business people, campaigners, and local leaders for a year as they seek to make the changes needed to deliver a greener future for the city.

New film created for climate commission launch

18th March, 2021 - 15:49

A new film to launch the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission - PCAN's newest (and biggest) addition to our growing network of commissions - premiered yesterday (17 March) to an online audience of more than 400 people.

The film, presented by BBC Meteorologist Paul Hudson, sets out the climate change challenge for the sprawling region and showcases a range of inspirational "success stories" from organisations and groups.

Watch the film here.