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Leeds joins European debate on green cities

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Judith Blake, took part in a session on the theme of “green cities” yesterday as part of the high profile Prague European Summit.

Speaking alongside Zdeněk Hřib, the Mayor of Prague and Lilyana Pavlova, the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Councillor Blake was part of a panel discussing the way in which European cities can help the green transition.

Councillor Blake introduced the Big Leeds Climate Conversation of 2019 which saw council officers and volunteers engage with residents about the climate emergency and promote the consultation at more than 80 meetings and events across the city including community committees, Carnival, Breeze Events, Pride and Child Friendly Leeds Live.

She touched on the work of the Leeds Climate Change Commission, formed three years ago in conjunction with the University of Leeds, which has world leading academics in the field of climate Science and prepared the evidence base for a net zero carbon roadmap for the city by 2030.

The debate around “green city” challenges are picking up a pace in the lead up to the 2021 United National Climate Change conference, also known as COP26. It is scheduled to be held in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021 under the presidency of the UK Government.

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