The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission (YHCC) 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 YHCC convenes a series of panels which focus on specific challenges or topics.
Ensuring that the Commission connects to the region’s research base to strengthen the evidence base underpinning its work and to allow it to foster and benefit from future research:
Yorkshire Universities has been tasked with convening the Research & Evidence Panel (REP) of the YHCC
Since the beginning of the YHCC, the Research and Evidence Panel (REP) coordinated by Yorkshire Universities (YU), has been working closely with the secretariat of the YHCC to ensure that the Commission connects to the region’s research base to strengthen the evidence base underpinning its work and to allow it to foster and benefit from future research.
Current activity: Delivering Impact Sessions
Key to the delivery of the YHCC actions is informative, authoritative and robust research and evidence. Yorkshire and the Humber’s universities hold a diverse, internationally-recognised, research base that will be vital in delivering the climate action plan.
The implementation of the Plan will rely on the diverse, internationally recognised
research, innovation and knowledge base and exchange capacity within the universities across our region. To do this, the Commission is establishing a programme of ‘Delivering Impact’ sessions that will run through to early 2024 with a focus on net zero, climate resilience, nature recovery and fair and inclusive (or just) transitions in the region.
The draft outputs from the sessions will form the basis for extensive stakeholder engagements and will be fed into government and business and to the activities
of the Commission moving forward. They will also feed into the ‘State of the Region’ climate action progress review that the Commission is preparing for launch in early 2024.
Find out more below on how to get involved:
Scheduled panel meetings and upcoming DI sessions:
- 12 October: Net Zero Panel Session 1 – Retrofit
- 13 October: Communities and Engagement Panel
- 14 October: Health and Climate Conference
- 17 October: Leadership Team Meeting
- 25 October: Land Water Nature Food Panel Session 1- Creating a Sustainable Food System
- 2 November: Climate Resilience and Adaptation Panel Session 1- People and Communities
- 15 November: 2022 Yorkshire Post Climate Change Summit
- 30 November: Future Economy Panel Session 1 – Green Jobs and Employment
- 6 December: Land Water Nature Food Panel Session 2 – Recovering Nature
- 9 December: Climate Resilience and Adaptation Panel Session 2 – Infrastructure
- 14 December: Net Zero Panel Session 2 – Planning and New Builds
Would you like to be involved with the REP or a Delivering Impact Session? We'd be pleased to have you on board! Get in touch with: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Terms & reference of the Research and Evidence Panel
- The climate emergency requires local and regional action in Yorkshire
- Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission press release: Ambitious climate partnership for Yorkshire and Humber
- Yorkshire Universities & Arup regional roundtable on the climate emergency: a summary
REP Current members
Chair: Dr Robyn Cooper Inglis, Research Development Manager, Environment, at the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI), University of York
Professor Ashraf Ashour, Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Bradford
Dr Jo Cutter, Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds
Dr William Eadson, Reader in Urban and Regional Sustainability Policy at CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University
Patrick Flavin, Carbon and Energy Reduction Officer, University of Huddersfield
Dr David Glew, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Leeds Beckett University, Head of Energy Efficiency and Policy
Professor Andy Gouldson, Environment and Climate Policy, University of Leeds, Co-lead of the ESRC Place-based Climate Action Network and Chair of Leeds Climate Commission
Professor Rachel Rothman, Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering, University of Sheffield
Professor Vera Trappman, Director of Sustainability Leeds University Business School
Dr Steven Forrest, Lecturer in Flood Resilience and Sustainable Transformations, University of Hull