Our ambition is to be the UK’s first carbon negative region – carbon neutral by 2034 and carbon negative by 2040.


We will do this by accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources, making the most of all our materials and assets in the region, and enhancing our natural capital.


By gearing up to transform to carbon negative, we are confident this will create new, better paid “green” jobs and it will create innovative new businesses whilst presenting opportunities for existing businesses to adapt. Through knowledge and expertise in this area, we can create competitive advantage that future-proofs our region. 



Our linear economy is reliant on an unsustainable and uncompetitive ‘take-make-dispose’ model. Our circular economy strategy details the steps required and opportunities for the region to transition away from the linear economy and towards a carbon-neutral, circular economy.

Our local energy strategy provides a way to get to a low carbon future that brings businesses, communities and public bodies along together to develop investable projects for clean energy generation and improved efficiency.

Our natural capital has a material impact on the success of Yorkshire’s economy – especially the agri-food, recreation, and manufacturing sectors, which together make nearly half of the region’s GVA.




Katie Thomas
Circular Economy and Low Carbon Lead
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Katie Privett
Low Carbon Officer
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Jos Holmes
Local Authorities Climate Action Co-ordinator
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