The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry, will today (31 January 2019) launch an initiative to create a network of new and extended city climate commissions in Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds. The project aims to help the UK meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the UK Climate Change Act by building local capacities and stimulating the flow of green finance into cities across the UK.
Leading Green Finance experts and investors are set to meet with some of the UK’s largest companies and town hall bosses from across the country to discuss how together they can unlock at least £2bn of clean, local energy projects.
The future of Green Finance in the UK will be in focus at a conference on Thursday (January 31) where more than 100 attendees will share expertise on how these projects could cut carbon emissions in hundreds of our towns and cities.
Businesses in Leeds are being supported to go low carbon through a series of workshops to develop and finance new projects. The capacity building workshops will be introduced at a Board Level Briefing on 29 January at Merrion House in Leeds. The briefing, which is for decision makers with responsibility for medium sized companies, will explain how low-carbon projects can be profitable and give examples of businesses that have already benefitted.
Raising Ambition: Exploring zero carbon, socially-just transitions in Britain, Yorkshire and the Kirkstall Valley
Join us to address the question, "How can we learn together and share knowledge between communities, businesses, education and agencies to develop Kirkstall Valley into a leading light for climate and community sustainability by prototyping, exploring and creating our best future together?" Half the places will be reserved for residents
Leeds Climate Commission is running a capacity building programme of workshops to help Leeds organisations secure investment in energy efficiency and low carbon projects. The free programme is for medium sized businesses (ca. 50-250 employees) and will run from March to June.
“In Leeds we are fully committed to creating a low carbon, climate resilient city, and the Leeds Climate Commission takes us another step closer to this."
Cllr Judith Blake, Leader, Leeds City Council