The York Climate Commission is an independent body, representing and reflecting the public, private and civic sectors from across the city.

The Commission has an important role in reviewing and agreeing the York Climate Change Strategy and providing leadership and accountability for progressing the activity within the strategy and action plan.  

Commissioners will play a role in identifying resources, creating a network of co-operation and collaboration, sharing knowledge and best practice and positioning the city as a leader in climate change.


Working Groups

The Commission is split into Working Groups for a variety of sustainability related issues.

  • Biodiversity/Nature
  • Buildings and Retrofit 
  • Connecting With Green Spaces 
  • Education and Youth Engagement 
  • Energy 
  • Food
  • Future Green Economy 
  • Health and Climate Change
  • Transport
  • Waste and Circular Economy 

If you would like any more information about any of the Working Groups or would like to join one please email


York’s target for net zero is 2030. We need to adapt and thrive, despite extreme weather, and encourage new skills and jobs to ensure a just transition. The challenge is immense and can only be addressed if we work together across the city and beyond. With that in mind, we want to re-think the York Climate Commission. We welcome your contributions to co-design strategies and inform actions that will best help the whole City to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance our environment to meet the challenges ahead.


The Commission will:

  • Act as an externally focussed strategic oversight and will be able to make non-binding recommendations for consideration by the council, partner organisations and stakeholders.
  • Receive recommendations from and make recommendations to the council, partner organisations and stakeholders.
  • Provide an annual update.
  • Collaborate with key partners in the public, private and civic sectors to promote and guide transitions and act as a forum for organisations to exchange ideas, research and findings on carbon reduction and climate resilience.
  • Enable positive choices on issues relating to energy, carbon and climate.
  • Be an independent, evidence based voice in the city and to advise on opportunities in the city and on progress towards climate resilience.
  • Strengthen networks, build capacities and monitor progress towards meeting the city’s carbon reduction targets.


York Climate Commission is part of the ESRC-funded Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN). 

The work of York Climate Commission will support the aims of the regional Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission (see video below).



York Climate Commission Website Launch

York Climate Commission unveils online platform to support city’s carbon reduction plans

York Climate Commission (YCC) has launched a dedicated online information resource to help local residents, businesses and environmental groups understand more about its work to support York’s net-zero carbon ambition by 2030.

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