A progress report on Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy, published by government, reveals a number of options under consideration for driving clean growth in the city region.
The Local Industrial Strategy for Greater Manchester will be one of the UK’s first, modelled on the national Industrial Strategy launched by government in 2017.
Developed in collaboration with regional partners, the Local Industrial Strategy aims to harness the region’s distinctive strengths and build on them. All parts of England are now working to develop Local Industrial Strategies by early 2020.
The progress statement published by government on 30 October showcases the work that has been done so far in Greater Manchester.
‘Carbon neutral city’
The report highlights clean growth as one of two focal points of early work, along with preparing for an ageing society. The headline goal is to become a carbon neutral city by “at least a decade earlier than 2050”.
Four approaches to realising this ambition are currently under consideration:
• Establishing Greater Manchester as an ‘energy transition region’ by developing a place-based, whole system approach to local energy supply and demand
• Reducing emissions from the transport system by establishing a new public-sector led electric vehicle charging network and partnering with businesses to embed low carbon travel principles in business practices
• Developing new finance and delivery mechanisms to retrofit homes and commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient
• Establishing a ‘Greater Manchester Clean Growth Productivity Programme’ for businesses to accelerate the implementation of energy and material efficiency measures.
‘Digitally-enabled green city’
Mayor Andy Burnham said: “We want to use the strategy to build on Greater Manchester’s unique legacy of industrial ambition and creativity to create a thriving, digitally-enabled green city. We want to work with businesses on the strategy to create an innovative plan that improves the lives of everyone who lives and works here.”
An online survey to gather views on the strategy will close on Sunday 25 November, with the final strategy due to be agreed in March 2019.
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