Welcome to the website for Belfast Climate Commission. You will be able to find information on the Commission members and the Commission’s planned areas of work. Belfast Climate Commission is part of the wider Place-Based Climate Action Network.
The Community Climate Action Working Group of Belfast Climate Commission has commenced an innovative research project on community climate action in the Belfast City Region. As the first working group to be established by Belfast Climate Commission, the Community Climate Action Working Group (CCAWG) is an exciting partnership of individuals and groups from the community, voluntary, environmental and public sectors who are committed to transformative climate action in partnership with and in communities across Belfast.
By John Barry
22 April 2020
As states contemplate how to restart the global economy after the pandemic, it’s important to remember that we’ve been here before. The global financial crisis of 2008 didn’t cause as much social and economic harm as COVID-19 has, but it did force governments around the world to intervene in the economy, to limit the fallout from the crash.
The Belfast Climate Commission has held a first meeting to identify the role of the finance sector in ensuring a just transition in Northern Ireland. Hosted at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) on Friday 24 January, the workshop was organised as part of the UK-wide Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) and was delivered together with the London School of Economics and UK Finance, the main financial sector association.
A significant new partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and Belfast City Council is launched today to drive action on climate change. The ‘Belfast Climate Commission’ will play a key role in place-based climate action necessary to achieve the UK Government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.
"Like many cities, the impacts of climate change for Belfast will be profound. It is critical that we are well prepared, and protect all of our citizens, particularly the most vulnerable. I am particularly pleased to be launching this commission because of its focus on place-based action and on the work that we can do to ensure climate resilient communities."