About Leeds Climate Commission

The Leeds Climate Commission was established in 2017 to help Leeds to make a positive choice on issues relating to energy, carbon, weather and climate. It brings together key organisations and actors from across the city and from the public, private and third sectors.

Informed by the work of the UK Committee on Climate Change, the Leeds Climate Commission seeks to be an independent voice in the city, providing authoritative advice on steps towards a low carbon, climate resilient future so as to inform policies and shape the actions of local stakeholders and decision makers. It will monitor progress towards meeting the city’s carbon reduction targets and recommend actions to keep the city on track and advise on the assessment of the climate-related risks and adaptation opportunities in the city and on progress towards climate resilience.

The Commission aims to foster collaboration on projects that result in measurable contributions towards meeting the city’s climate reduction targets and the delivery of enhanced climate resilience, particularly in the area of flood risk. It will promote best practice in public engagement on climate change and its impacts in order to support robust decision-making.

The Commission will also act as a forum where organisations can exchange ideas, research findings, information and best practice on carbon reduction and climate resilience. 

The Commission will produce an annual report that will feed into the democratic process through Leeds City Council and will be presented to the Leeds Sustainable Economy and Culture Board. It will also produce other reports on an occasional basis. 


Structures and Members

Initially, the Leeds Climate Commission will have a chair from the University of Leeds (Professor Andy Gouldson) and a vice chair from Leeds City Council (Councillor Lucinda Yeadon), with members being appointed from key organisations and groups from across the city. 

The Commission will be guided by a Strategy Group and supported by working groups related to low carbon development, climate resilience and public engagement and communications. The Commission is also considering establishing a project development and financing working group. Each of these groups will meet 4 times a year, with all minutes being published through our website and summarized in our newsletters. 

The Commission will engage more broadly through the Leeds Climate Forum that will hold open meetings at least twice a year. 


See downloads for our Terms of Reference and current members.  

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