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Leeds City Council and Shell UK debate climate change in the city

Yorkshire Evening Post

Published Date: 
01 December 2008
LEEDS City Council is partnering with the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE) and Shell UK to hold a climate change debate today.
The event at The Park Plaza Hotel, City Square, Leeds, is aimed at identifying how the public and private sector might create fruitful partnerships towards a low carbon future.

The event in Leeds marks the culmination of a year-long series of events nation-wide – the Sustainable UK Cities Tour – which has been visiting seven key cities over the course of 2008. 

The insights from Leeds and other cities along the way will be taken to national policy-makers in 2009 to help shape national thinking on the role cities can play in tackling climate change.

The event in Leeds will examine how partnership working might turn the challenge of climate change into lucrative opportunities. It will study:

Green Council procurement that creates competitive advantages for applicable local suppliers;

Localised energy infrastructures, generating cost effective energy for industry with the potential to sell excess back to the grid; and

Local government support for industry in developing sustainable energy projects.

Leeds City Council will also talk about the launch of its Leeds Climate Charter, which allows organisations to commit to any of five actions to start reaping the business benefits of improved environmental management. 

Keynote speakers will include Coun Steve Smith, executive member for environmental sServices at Leeds City Council, and James Smith, chairman of Shell UK. 

Coun Smith said: “Leeds City Council is committed to the climate change agenda, and would urge businesses in Leeds to join us at this event. By working in partnership with the business community we aim to create a low carbon city with a high quality of life.” 

James Smith, chairman of Shell UK, added: “Shell’s scenario planning suggests innovation will be vital in a world needing a wide mix of energy sources and energy saving technologies. Cities like Leeds can bring significant change in the energy system, both as major places of energy use and places where innovation thrives.”

  • Last Updated: 01 December 2008 8:39 AM
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