Our journey to Net Zero
Leeds is leading the way on climate action, with work ongoing to continue on our journey to Net Zero.
We need to help our businesses transition to net zero, which means decarbonising but also embracing new economic opportunities which benefit business and the environment.
We want to help people to live healthy and active lives, creating a transport system that means people don’t need a car to get to work and ensuring nobody is left behind in the transition to a green economy.
Over 26km of underground pipes have been installed that deliver heat via hot water to buildings connected to the district heating network. Over 1,800 homes, public sector and commercial buildings are connected to the £62m scheme which is expanding rapidly.
The first stage has been in place for the past five years and has helped to protect 3,000 residential properties and 500 businesses employing 22,000 people from flooding. Phase 2 of the scheme is projected to complete in 2023.
We are continuing our work with education organisations and skills providers to equip the next generation with the skills they need to be successful in the green economy, as well as upskilling the workforce so that they are resilient in the face of change and can access better jobs in net zero.
Net Zero Homes
£100m of social housing decarbonisation projects in addition to external funding, as well as targeting other public buildings and the owner occupier market.
Zixtel specialises in IT hardware and has moved towards a circular economy business model. It recently received investment through the Business Enterprise Fund to expand its recycling and recovery facility based at Thorp Arch, Wetherby, and its mission is now to ‘close the loop’ by creating a new source of supply of raw materials for the electronics industry and ensuring nothing goes into landfill.