Following the annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which includes representation from City of York Council, a new climate emergency has been declared for the region, following on from York’s own declaration last year, which was supported by all political groups.
WYCA’s new declaration will now work to support the region’s ongoing commitment to become zero-carbon and deliver the new Energy Strategy and Delivery Plan (ESDP), which aims to drive forward clean growth.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council who attended the meeting of WYCA on behalf of York, supported the motion to declare a region-wide climate emergency and formally give support to reducing carbon emissions.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, commented:
“I am pleased to see us formally declare a climate emergency not just for York, but now for the wider region. This helps to highlight the growing support for achieving a carbon-zero region. Here in York, as part of our new partnership at the Council, we are determined to push forward initiatives working with residents and businesses to promote sustainability, enhance the local environment and support clean growth in order to become a carbon-zero city by 2030.”