Aviation emissions from Leeds pose “major challenge” for decarbonisation of city

18th December, 2019 - 00:01

Leeds Climate Commission has produced a position paper examining the impact of aviation on Leeds’ current and future carbon emissions to help guide the city’s response to the climate emergency.

The evidence-based paper, published today, sets the growing emissions from flights taken by Leeds residents, and those from Leeds Bradford Airport, in the context of a carbon roadmap for Leeds and the city’s adoption of a 2030 “net zero” carbon target.

Leeds City Museum scoops eco award

2nd December, 2019 - 15:20

An environmentally-friendly exhibition at Leeds City Museum has won a prestigious national award, using sustainable materials to explore the wonders of the natural world.

Beavers to Weavers: The Wonderful World of Animal Makers won the Museums Change Lives (MCL) award in the category of environmental sustainability at a ceremony held in Brighton.

Climate jury delivers verdict to city of Leeds

25th November, 2019 - 19:00

Members of the Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury have announced their recommendations to the city of Leeds this evening (Monday 25 November) following almost two months of evidence gathering and deliberations.

Their recommendations include public ownership of the buses in Leeds, new green funding sources, a city-wide retrofitting programmes for houses, and a stop to the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport.

Volunteers wanted for time-travel photoshoot!

19th November, 2019 - 14:20

People in Leeds are being asked to take part in a photoshoot on 5 December to show a positive vision of the future in the city.

As part of the Royal Academy of Engineering project ‘The Art of a Sustainable Future’ led by James Mckay at the University of Leeds, photographer Jonathan Turner will create a digital composite photograph showing Leeds in the (not too distant!) future as a positive, optimistic, zero-carbon sustainable society.

Big Leeds Climate Conversation to be extended to 30 November

29th October, 2019 - 14:32

Leeds City Council is to extend the deadline for taking part in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation by an additional month, it has been announced. It was originally due to close on 31 October, but will now be extended until 30 November.

The extension will give residents a final opportunity to have their say on how the city should respond to the climate emergency.

University commits to bold climate crisis action

17th September, 2019 - 13:55

The University of Leeds has fully divested from significant fossil fuel extractors and has set out seven bold principles it will adopt to help tackle the climate crisis.

They commit to a 2030 net-zero carbon footprint target for the University and a drive to achieve no direct carbon emissions by 2050. Leeds Climate Commission is specifically referenced as a way the University will work with Leeds City Council to help deliver the city's 2030 net zero ambition.

Six weeks left to take part in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation

13th September, 2019 - 14:45

Residents are being urged to share their views on how the city should respond to the climate emergency before the Big Leeds Climate Conversation ends on October 31.

By taking part in the conversation - which is being conducted in partnership by Leeds City Council and Leeds Climate Commission - residents will help the council develop a citywide plan to become a carbon-neutral city.

Roads closed for World Car Free Day 2019

13th September, 2019 - 14:34

Roads in Otley, Headingley and Beeston Hill are to be closed to traffic on 22 September as part of celebrations for World Car Free Day.

Leeds will join cities from across the world including London and Paris taking part in this year's World Car Free Day next weekend to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of leaving the car at home.

Leeds citizens’ jury to tackle the emergency of climate change

12th September, 2019 - 10:37

A Citizens’ Jury has its first meeting tonight to discuss Leeds’ response to the climate emergency.

The jury of 25 has been put together by Leeds Climate Commission working with Shared Future CIC. The findings, in the form of a report written by the jurors, will also be presented to Leeds City Council’s Climate Emergency Advisory Committee,