Following a public consultation, the Manchester Climate Change Agency will be launching the city’s strategy on 5 December to outline how it plans to become zero carbon by 2050.
The shared strategy has been built on the views of people, organisations and businesses from across Manchester to ensure that by 2025 the city is on track to become a zero carbon city by 2050.
The consultation on the draft strategy, which ran from July to October 2016, was accompanied by a 2016 annual progress report, which revealed that Manchester is set to miss its 2020 carbon emissions reduction target of 41 per cent against 2005 levels.
In January 2016, one month after the historic global Paris Agreement on climate change, Manchester committed to becoming a zero carbon city by 2050.
Getting all stakeholders in the city involved will be key to meeting this goal, and residents, businesses and community groups are now being invited to an official launch of the new strategy on 5 December.
In the 2016 progress report, Gavin Elliot, chair of the steering group leading on the city’s climate change objectives, announced: “We hope to be one of the first of many [cities] playing a leading role in a new era of city-led action on climate change.”
Emissions from the city’s businesses has previously been identified as one of the biggest barriers to progress.
The progress report highlighted the fully funded support available from the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, which between 2014-16 helped companies to reduce emissions by nearly 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and save £2.2 million in costs.
Support is also being provided to promote Manchester’s growing market for low carbon and environmental goods and services, with a Low Carbon Network launched to help raise the profile of local companies.
The new climate change strategy will be officially launched at the Manchester Museum on 5 December and will include networking, a drinks reception and a panel discussion with experts.
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