Tackling the Climate Emergency in the Leeds City Region

The Combined Authority and the LEP work with their partners on a wide range of programmes and schemes which help to reduce emission levels across the Leeds City Region.

The Combined Authority and the LEP work with their partners on a wide range of programmes and schemes which help to reduce emission levels across the Leeds City Region. 

The respected Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research has established that the Leeds City Region must reduce emission levels by 14.5% year-on-year with output levels being halved every five years in order to be net zero carbon by 2038 at the latest, with significant progress by 2030, and comply with the Paris Agreement. 

In order to map out our journey to becoming a net zero carbon economy, a series of low carbon workshops were held in 2019. In 2020, the Combined Authority began working with a range of stakeholders on the North & West Yorkshire Emission Reduction Pathways. This key piece of work will establish how to decarbonise major sectors in the City Region including power, buildings, transport, industry and land-use and agriculture. 

The Emission Reduction Pathways Key Finding Report sets out the carbon reductions needed across each sector. This is supported by the draft Technical Report and a glossary of terms

Working with stakeholders, we will develop a list of policy actions that will need to be implemented to achieve our net zero carbon target of 2038.

The Combined Authority has a range of ways to support people to lower their own carbon emissions, improve air quality and support our natural environment including: 

  • Our CityConnect programme helps to encourage more people to travel by bike or on foot.  
  • We’re working with our partners to install 88 ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) charging points for taxis with a goal of making 5.1 per cent of our region’s taxis ultra-low emission vehicles by the end of this year.  
  • We’ve invested £10.19 million in the next phase of flood alleviation across seven projects in the Leeds City Region which will safeguard 23,177 jobs and protect 500 businesses from flood risk. 

The LEP has a range of ways to support businesses and organisations to lower their carbon emissions including: 

  • The Energy Accelerator programme is now funding 16 projects across the City Region which will result in carbon savings of 250,000 tonnes of CO2 – the same amount of energy used to charge 31 billion smart phones.  
  • The ReBiz programme offers expert advice and financial support to small and medium sized businesses to lower energy usage, reduce water and waste costs and minimise impact on the environment.