Leeds could be the green finance centre of the North - but it needs to think big, capitalise on expertise and have an integrated approach to low carbon projects.
That was the message from a networking event to kick start low carbon projects in Leeds, which heard inspirational stories from trailblazing businesses and positive news about Leeds already being a "hotspot" for ethical investment.
An event to get green projects off the ground in Leeds is attracting significant interest from investors and financial services. More than 100 people from Leeds businesses, services and organisations are expected at the launch of the Project Development and Finance networking event on 1 May, which aims to help realise energy saving projects and stimulate a thriving low carbon economy.
Leeds Pipes, a new district heating network that will use the waste heat generated from the Cross Green incinerator (the RERF), will bring to one of the most deprived areas of Leeds, with 31 tower blocks benefitting from cheaper fuel bills, reducing the city's emissions by 22,000 tonnes of CO2.
The first of thousands of trees has been planted in the upper River Aire catchment area in a bid to prevent "future catastrophic floods" in Leeds. Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, planted the first tree at a pilot site in Gargrave, near Skipton, as part of a natural flood management scheme. See the LeedsLive video and interviews
Creating a positive and influential vision of a low carbon Leeds is essential to organisational uptake of measures to reduce emissions, a Leeds Climate Commission survey has found. The survey on communications and engagement showed that a lack of time, information, and resources all present barriers – but that having an inspiring vision to rally around would help to catalyse action.