The newly coined Manchester Climate Change Agency has launched a public consultation on its draft strategy to become a zero carbon, climate resilient city by 2050.
The consultation on Manchester’s climate change strategy for 2016-2050 and implementation plan for 2016-20 was launched alongside the 2016 annual progress report from Manchester: A Certain Future (MACF), the stakeholder group leading on the city’s climate change objectives.
The 2015 annual report revealed that Manchester is set to miss its emissions reduction target of 41 per cent by 2020 (against 2005 levels) by a margin of 12 per cent.
MACF has previously suggested that rising emissions from the city’s businesses are one of the biggest threats to progress.
The 2016 report reveals that 137 Manchester businesses received support to improve their resource efficiency in 2015/16 through the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, helping to save £2.2 million and over 5,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) - enough to fill more than 3,200 hot air balloons.
150 companies also received low carbon sector support from the Hub, helping to win £6.8 million in new sales and create 24 jobs.
Case studies in the report include the use of Sudstech - an innovative porous paving solution developed by Manchester firm, Langford Direct - on Manchester roads and cycle lanes to increase flood resilience.
The newly launched consultation seeks to build on current activity to create a strategy that residents and businesses in the city can help to deliver.
Gavin Elliot, chair of the MACF Steering Group, said: “Following the [international] Paris Agreement in January 2016, Manchester updated its climate change commitments, setting out in Our Manchester, the Manchester Strategy for 2016-25, that ‘Manchester will play its full part in limiting the impacts of climate change... and by 2025 will be on a path to being a zero carbon city
“At the time we were one of the first cities to make this ambitious commitment. We hope to be one of the first of many, playing a leading role in a new era of city-led action on climate change.”
The public consultation is open until 2 October 2016, with the resulting strategy and implementation plan to be launched later in the year.