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Greater Manchester opens consultation on climate change

Greater Manchester has launched a public consultation for its 2016-2020 climate change strategy and implementation plan to help set out its priorities for the next five years.

Greater Manchester has launched a public consultation for its 2016-2020 climate change strategy and implementation plan to help set out its priorities for the next five years.

The consultation has been launched by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to help set the agenda for the city’s work on climate change and air quality over the next five years.

The draft plan, which comes ahead of landmark UN climate change negotiations in Paris in December, sets out five broad goals:

  • A rapid transition to a sustainable low carbon economy
  • A reduction in Greater Manchester’s carbon emissions of 48% compared to 1990 levels
  • Being prepared for and actively adapting to a rapidly changing climate
  • A shift in personal and collective behaviour towards more low-carbon lifestyles and practices
  • Tough action to reduce air pollution and the impact it has on ill-health in Greater Manchester.

5 million tonne target

The plan aims to put in place projects and initiatives which will save over five million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2020, as well as encouraging collaborative action at the national scale. 

Projects included in the consultation cover energy performance in buildings, energy generation and distribution, environmental protection, transport emissions and air quality, and the consumption and production of goods.

The GMCA Low Carbon Hub’s 2015 Annual Report, released earlier in October, revealed that Greater Manchester has now cut its emissions by 27 per cent since 1990, over half way to its 2020 target.

‘No magic bullet’ 

Cllr Sue Derbyshire, GMCA’s lead on low carbon, called on businesses and other stakeholders to respond to the consultation and “play their part in making positive change happen”.

“Our targets are challenging and cannot be achieved by local authorities working in isolation. There is no single intervention which will reduce emissions sufficiently. It will require a wide range of action and choices across all aspects of society and business”, she said.

“There’s no magic bullet on climate change or single course of action that will bring us to safety. What does exist is a suite of responses to the way we live, work, travel and share our towns and cities that can help us genuinely claim to be a low carbon city.

“Those responses will be stronger if we can count on our many partners in business and the public sector, as well as people and families in communities right across Greater Manchester, to connect with our plan, and play their part in making positive change happen.”

The consultation is open until 11 December 2015. To find out more, click here.