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.

Yorkshire Universities has been tasked with convening the Research & Evidence Panel (REP) of the YHCC

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.  

Current activity: Delivering Impact Session

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.

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.

To this end, members of the REP have developed a questionnaire to create a dynamic database of expertise across the region and to capture
both the broad breadth and depth of expertise across the various institutes, centres, groups, along with individual researchers, based in the region’s universities. Through this questionnaire, we’ve been able to capture the interest of hundreds of researchers across our universities who could play a role and
contribute to these ‘Delivering Impact’ sessions.

Find out more below on how to get involved:

Call to engage with the implementation of the Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission’s Regional Climate Action Plan

Scheduled panel meetings and upcoming events:

Meetings for the 2022/23 academic year will be scheduled over July/August and will restart in September.

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 Inglis, Acting Research Development Manager (Environment) & York Environmental Sustainability Institute Research Facilitator, 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

TBC, University of Hull