Climate Question Time at Leeds Civic Hall

 

Over 100 people packed out Leeds Civic Hall for Climate Question Time, a keynote event in the north for Green GB Week (15-19 October 2018).

The event, hosted by Leeds Climate Commission with the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, was held in the council chamber on Tuesday 16 October. 

Council to lead the way in switch to zero emission electric vehicles

Leeds City Council have begun to replace more than 50 of their existing fleet with cleaner, greener electric vehicles.

The 51 new zero-emission Nissan vans mean that the council will have 95 electric vehicles (EVs) in total—more than any other local authority in the country at present. 

University of Leeds pledges to go plastic free

 

The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have together pledged to become single-use plastic-free by 2023.

Single-use plastic items are designed to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.

The campaign, Single Out: 2023PlasticFree, crucially commits the University and Union to phase out single-use plastic across the board, not just in catering and office spaces.

Leeds study on driverless cars raises questions about future of public transport

 

A new study has predicted the effects driverless cars could have on urban transport systems and public behaviour.

Using Leeds as a case study, researchers from the University of Leeds, TU Wien in Vienna and BOKU Vienna have used mathematical models to estimate the most likely and significant outcomes of having widely available autonomous vehicles.

Last call for Leeds workplaces to join city-wide recycling project

The #Leeds By Example project launches on 9 October and the offer to businesses and organisations taking part has now been finalised.

The six month campaign will test the latest thinking on how to increase recycling rates for food and drinks packaging. It will include a combination of ground-breaking technology, new recycling facilities and engaging communications.

Leeds leads in the North for Green GB Week

In 2008 the UK government passed the Climate Change Act, the first legislation of its kind to introduce legally binding emissions reductions targets. The ten year anniversary of the Act will be marked as part of Green Great Britain Week  and Leeds Climate Commission is partnering with the Priestley International Centre for Climate to play an active part in the national programme of events.

Sharing successes and struggles is key to reducing emissions, report finds

Celebrating successes is key to inspiring businesses and organisations to undertake emissions reductions, but sharing what doesn't work can be just as valuable. 

That is one of the findings of a survey conducted by Leeds Climate Commission earlier this year, the results of which have been written up as a report on overcoming barriers to climate mitigation in Leeds.

 

Climate change is on the bill at Ilkley Literature Festival

Academics from the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds are contributing to a range of events with a climate change theme as part of the North of England’s longest running literature festival, which returns this autumn.

The Ilkley Literature Festival has announced its stellar line-up for this year’s event, which runs from 28 September until 14 October and comprises 240 events across 15 venues

Save money on your fuel bills!

Want to save money on your fuel bills?

White Rose Energy, a partnership between Leeds City Council and Robin Hood Energy, has a new ‘Summer Holiday’ tariff available for a limited period, ending 30 August 2018. The company is a not for profit energy supplier, launched in 2016, that has been designed to put customers in Yorkshire first.