Leeds City Council declared a climate emergency in March 2019, outlining an ambition to “work towards” a net-zero carbon city by 2030 as a result. A report was developed and taken to the Council’s Executive Board in April which spurred the launch of a “Climate Conservation” to engage with residents on a committed action plan. That work was informed by the Leeds Climate Change Commission, formed three years ago in conjunction with the University of Leeds, and the council has revealed that it received almost 8,000 responses as part of the “conversation”. A citizens’ jury was established by the Commission to create recommendations from the responses, which soon delivered 12 ranked recommendations for the city to work towards. The Council continued its leadership in the city’s carbon reduction efforts by launching a new strategy to reduce its own emissions by 55% by 2025, from 70,000 to 31,000 tonnes.
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