How can we tackle the Climate and Environment Emergency Together?

We want West Yorkshire to be a place where everyone can enjoy the economic, health and environmental benefits of a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.

We want West Yorkshire to be a place where everyone can enjoy the economic, health and environmental benefits of a net zero carbon economy by 2038. That’s why the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, has launched a new plan to tackle the climate and environment emergency. 

The mayor’s plan sets out how we can:

  • create cleaner, greener and more affordable transport system that benefits us all
  • improve the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses
  • invest in natural solutions to tackle the climate and environmental emergency, such as natural flood management systems
  • create new green jobs so people in West Yorkshire can excel in the careers of the future

Read the full West Yorkshire Climate and Environment Action Plan

The plan prioritises actions that are fair, inclusive and lasting for all including:


We’ll make public and private transport greener and cleaner with more using electric and hydrogen powered vehicles while also making it easier for people to leave their cars at home by improving ways to walk and cycle.

Jobs & Businesses

We’ll create new green jobs, training and opportunities for young people and those changing careers and support businesses to become more energy efficient.


We’ll work with our partners to delivering warm, energy efficient, affordable homes for the people of West Yorkshire and invest in new flood alleviation schemes to protect more homes and businesses.


We’ll make it easier for people to access green spaces and work to improve biodiversity and natural landscapes.


We’ll create more local, clean and renewable energy to power buildings, industry and transport.

Join the conversation

Meeting our net-zero 2038 target requires collective action from across all parts of West Yorkshire that’s why we’re inviting people, communities and businesses in the region to take part in our Tackling the Climate and Environment Emergency Together conversation.


Glossary of terms

You can find a break down of all the terminology used within this page below by clicking on each word.


The variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat.


Reducing or removing carbon dioxide emissions.

Energy efficiency

Reducing the amount of energy required to provide or do something, like heat a home.

Flood alleviation

Preventing or controlling floods with flood defences like dams, reservoirs, diversion canals or sea walls.

Natural flood management

Using natural processes to reduce the risk of flooding such as restoring bends in rivers or changing the way land is managed so soil can absorb more water.

Net-zero carbon economy

Net-zero carbon emissions are reached when the amount of carbon dioxide emissions put into the atmosphere is the same as the amount taken away. A net-zero carbon economy means shifting to measures like decarbonising buildings, improving energy efficiency, creating new training and upskilling opportunities and green jobs, and a shift to a circular economy.

Sustainable development

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Environmental, societal and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of an improved quality of life.

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