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.

Find out more about the Commission.

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 (or DI 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 DI sessions form the basis for extensive citizen engagement. To facilitate this, a digital platform called Commonplace was launched on 29 November 2022 which will gather feedback from everyone who would like to contribute. The information collected will feed into Climate Action Progress Review that the Commission is preparing for launch in March 2024.

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: m.antal@yorkshireuniversities.ac.uk

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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