About Belfast Climate Commission

Co-chaired by Belfast City Council and Queen’s University, Belfast Climate Commission is one of three city-based climate commissions across the UK (Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council for the Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN). Working alongside existing city structures and programmes, the Commission has been established to translate climate policy into action ‘on the ground’ to bring about transformative change. 

Belfast Climate Commission was established in December 2019 and officially launched on 10 January 2020 by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Daniel Baker, and Prof. Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast. Involving members from the public, private and third sectors in Belfast, the Commission involves Commissioners and Commission Members who collaborate within three working groups: Business and Finance: Community Climate Action; Just Transition.

Belfast Climate Commission

  • Promotes leadership in the city (and city-region) on climate breakdown, encouraging stakeholders to take effective action now, while maintaining a long term perspective;  

  • Provides authoritative independent advice on the most effective steps required to meet the city’s carbon reduction target so as to inform policies and actions of local stakeholders, citizens and decision makers;  

  • Monitors and reports on progress towards meeting the city’s carbon targets and recommends actions to keep on track;  

  • Advises on the assessment of climate-related risks and adaptation opportunities in the city and on progress towards climate resilience;  

  • Brings together major organisations and key groups in Belfast to collaborate on projects that result in measurable contributions towards meeting the city’s climate reduction target;  

  • Makes the economic case for project development, implementation and investment in low carbon and climate resilient projects in the city;  

  • Promotes best practice in public engagement and communication on climate breakdown and climate action and its impacts in order to support robust decision-making;  

  • Acts as a forum where organisations can exchange ideas, research findings, information and best practice on carbon reduction, low carbon energy transitions and climate resilience.