The UK Government has launched a £3.5mn research initiative to create a network of “city climate commissions” to help local delivery of the UK’s climate change objectives and stimulate the flow of green finance. Reported by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) on 31 January, the Place-based Climate Action Network is a private, public and third sector partnership and will see commissions established in Belfast and Leeds and Edinburgh.
Professor Simon Kelley, Head of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, said: “Edinburgh City Council is developing its longer term vision for a vibrant, green and prosperous city through its City Vision 2050. The Climate and Energy Commission created through this project will help the city make those plans real – engaging people across Edinburgh in delivering a fair and equitable transformation in our energy and finances to meet the challenge of climate change. The University, through our climate impact hub the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, is looking forward to working with government, business and the third sector to accelerate our transition to a thriving low carbon future.”