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Greater Manchester reveals environmental progress

Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub has published its 2015 Annual Report – a four page summary of Greater Manchester’s low carbon and environmental headlines and highlights.

Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub has published its 2015 Annual Report – a four page summary of Greater Manchester’s low carbon and environmental headlines and highlights.

The report aims to provide local, national and international stakeholders interested in climate change with a simple overview of Greater Manchester’s targets, performance, priorities and projects.

Emissions progress

With CO2 emissions of 15.3 million tonnes in 2013, Greater Manchester has now cut its emissions by 27 per cent since 1990, against a targeted 48 per cent reduction by 2020.

Recent developments include:

  • The delivery of a range of carbon reduction projects, ranging from energy efficiency in buildings and public transport to demand side response trials
  • The launch of a dedicated project development unit for low carbon infrastructure
  • New international commitments including the Compact of Mayors, Under2MOU and the EU Mayors Adapt initiatives 
  • A new Green Growth Pledge scheme, where businesses and organisations can make a commitment to Greater Manchester’s low carbon future
  • A virtual Low Carbon Network to raise the profile of Greater Manchester’s low carbon supply chains

The report also provides useful links to online resources that provide more information about Greater Manchester’s performance and activities across a number of cross-cutting themes, including finance, energy, buildings, transport, natural capital, sustainable production and consumption, and low carbon sector and skills.

It helps to set the scene for a wide ranging consultation on Greater Manchester’s action plans for 2016-20, which will be launched later in October.

Driving the transformation

“We’ve been working hard this year to establish the projects, partnerships and powers we need to drive Greater Manchester towards a low carbon economy,” said Cllr Sue Derbyshire, low carbon lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

“We have delivered energy efficiency projects in housing and public buildings, energy generation, low carbon transport and support for businesses to become more resource efficient.

“Having successfully established a low carbon project development unit, we are now working to deliver our identified project pipeline and are investigating how we can make Greater Manchester’s energy system fairer, greener and more affordable for businesses and communities.

“We are continually working to draw in EU funding to support our activities and we are also working, via the Comprehensive Spending Review and devolution negotiations, to influence government policy and funding.”

Consultation

“With a significant way to go in order to meet a 48% carbon reduction target, we will shortly be launching a consultation on our Implementation Plan, where we will seek input, ideas and contributions to deliver a successful, low carbon economy that benefits everyone in Greater Manchester.”

The report is available in full here.