The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission is an independent advisory body set up to bring actors from the public, private and third sectors together to support and guide ambitious climate actions across the region. 

The Commission has four inter-related aims:

  • to foster climate resilience and adaptation to climate risks and impacts
  • to support rapid progress towards net zero carbon emissions
  • to encourage a just and inclusive transition and climate actions that leave no-one and nowhere behind
  • to promote sustainability and climate actions that also protect nature and biodiversity.

The Commission will work towards its goals by enabling engagement, supporting constructive debate, strengthening the evidence base, promoting best practice, helping to build capacities for financing and delivery and regularly reviewing progress.

Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission is part of the ESRC-funded Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN). 

Find out more about the Commission.


Nearly 800 circular economy initiatives in Yorkshire and Humber communities

An interactive map launched at the first Yorkshire Circular Economy Festival 2022 revealed that circular economy initiatives are widespread in Yorkshire and the Humber. Community-led initiatives, such as repair cafes, food banks and libraries of stuff, play a key role in climate action while establishing more equitable and inclusive communities.

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Watch again: Net Zero and Levelling Up webinar with David Shukman

Our webinar on Wednesday 16 March 2022 with former BBC journalist David Shukman on Net Zero and Levelling Up: What could they mean for Yorkshire and Humber? was well received, with very positive feedback from the online audience.

Over 100 people registered to attend the public event, which heard from climate policy experts Michael Jacobs (University of Sheffield), Rebecca Willis (Lancaster Environment Centre) and Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission director, Andy Gouldson.

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Yorkshire workers share views on green transition


Workers from across Yorkshire and Humber feel outraged about the climate crisis, but some remain optimistic that new green jobs will arrive in their local communities, according to new research.

Dr Jo Cutter and Professor Vera Trappmann from Leeds University Business School led the project on worker perceptions of climate change and the green transition, working closely with researchers from the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN).

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