Leeds Climate Commission publishes an annual report and periodic special reports on different aspects of energy, carbon, weather and climate relevant to Leeds.

A special report - The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: A Mini-Stern Review for the City of Leeds (2017), which updates the original (2012) Mini-Stern Review for Leeds, is available to download below. The report explores the economic case for investment in energy efficiency and low carbon development and the prospects for Leeds meeting its targets on carbon reduction.

Carbon Roadmaps

In April 2019 we published our Leed Carbon Roadmap report, which presents pathways for Leeds to be reach zero carbon by 2050 and, potentially, earlier (2030). See the Leeds Carbon Roadmap (2019) page.

A refreshed version, the Net-Zero Carbon Roadmap for Leeds, was published on 7 January 2021. This uses the most up-to-date data and includes the impact of following the Leeds Climate Change Citizens' Jury on Leeds' Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon footprint. (See downloads.)

A further revision is underway to address the impact of Scope 3 or 'consumption' emissions, which includes aviation. This is planned for publication in summer 2021.

Position papers

We are producing a series of evidence-based position papers tackling issues especially relevant to Leeds. Those published to date are:

  • Position Paper 1: Hydrogen Conversion: Potential Contribution to a Low Carbon Future for Leeds  
  • Position Paper 2: Expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport and Incorporating Aviation into the Leeds Carbon Roadmap 

Read more on the featured pages below; you can access the papers directly from the downloads.

Annual reports

We have published annual reports for 2017,  2018 and 2020.

The 2019 work of the Leeds Climate Commission was dedicated to The Big Leeds Climate Conversation, a city-wide consultative process that we hosted jointly with Leeds City Council. You can also read about it in Leeds City Council's Climate Emergency Update report