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Leeds Climate Newsletter – January 2020 Update

Welcome to the official #LeedsClimate newsletter from Leeds City Council’s Climate Emergency and Air Quality team.

In this first monthly briefing we’ll be sharing news updates, events, and opportunities to get involved in the city’s journey to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

As January has now drawn to a close, we’re reflecting on what was a busy month for climate emergency related news and announcements in Leeds!

In case you missed it…

Leeds City Council approved bold plans to halve its carbon footprint by 2025. We’ll be switching the council to 100% renewable electricity; connecting civic buildings, offices and council housing to the waste-powered Leeds PIPES district heating network; doubling our fleet of electric vehicles; and introducing a vegetarian day and more plant-based choices to 182 primary schools across Leeds; and much more! Read the plans in full or the press release summary.

97% of respondents told us that combating climate change and protecting biodiversity should be a priority. 93% said that they’d change their behaviour to reduce their impact after taking part in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation. We’d like to thank everyone that participated and helped to promote the consultation. Read the findings in full.

A scheme providing free trials of electric vans for organisations in West Yorkshire has launched. In a partnership between Highways England and Leeds City Council, the new EV Trials scheme will give businesses, organisations and charities the chance to trial electric vans free of charge for up to two months. The scheme will tackle air pollution to protect the health of everyone in our region by helping businesses and organisations reduce their own emissions from travel. Find out more about the scheme

We’ve re-launched the #LeedsByExample website. The website offers clear, positive and practical tips on how individuals in Leeds can reduce their own carbon footprint, protect local biodiversity and help us #LeedsByExample. Let us know if we’re missing anything or if you find the website useful.

Central Yorkshire Scouts have launched a new sustainability themed Youth Commissioner’s Challenge badge. With support from Leeds City Council and Drax, the challenge will encourage tens of thousands of local young people to explore issues related to energy usage, travel, waste and recycling, and wildlife conservation in our region. We’re looking forward to working with them over the coming year.

The Leeds Parks Fund has granted £23,000 to community led environmental projects. The winning projects, from environmental NGOs and community groups, are environmentally focused and will help create new habitats for wildlife in Leeds.Read more about the winning projects here

Upcoming Opportunities…

Child Friendly Leeds has launched a ‘Free Trees for School’ scheme, in partnership with White Rose Energy and the Woodland Trust. The overall goal of the scheme is to see 10,000 trees planted by 202—that’s one tree for every child born in Leeds this year. A range of tree species are available to schools free of charge but they must be planted by the end of March to ensure the best chance of survival. If your school is interested, please email matthew.foley@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Youth Voice Summit on Climate is open to Leeds secondary school and college students. This free event, being held on Wednesday 12 February, will bring together young people from across Leeds to discuss the climate emergency and work together with councillors to develop solutions. 

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or suggestions of content for this newsletter please contact us at climate.emergency@leeds.gov.uk.

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