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Leeds Council announce missed climate change targets…four years early

By Henry Valantine

Climate change targets for Leeds by 2020 are set to be missed, according to Leeds City Council.

The city was due to cut its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020, but cost-cutting measures by the council have seen cheaper energy alternatives installed across the city – which are not as environmentally friendly.

A new target has been set for Leeds to cut CO2 by 60% by 2030, with the possible use of hydrogen as an energy source being a driving force behind the move.

The proposed H21 scheme converts hydrogen to be used to power homes rather than natural gas, which is reported to be able to save over 650,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

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