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Most UK cities to be 100% clean powered by 2050

More than 50 city and borough councils including Manchester and Liverpool have pledged to run entirely on green energy by 2050.

More than 50 city and borough councils including Manchester and Liverpool have pledged to run entirely on green energy by 2050.

The pledge, which comes from Labour-run councils across the country, means that most of Britain’s largest cities have committed to a significant boost in deploying green energy.

As well as Manchester and Liverpool in the north west, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Glasgow and a number of London boroughs are among the signatories.

Local initiatives

According to the Labour Party, the move would single-handedly cut the UK’s carbon footprint by 10 per cent and would require a significant shift towards greener transport, more deployment of renewable energy, large-scale insulation programmes and a phase out of gas heating.

Similar commitments have already been made in other major cities across the world, such as New York, Sydney, Copenhagen and Munich.

“This pledge shows that towns and cities across Britain are prepared to show leadership”, said shadow energy and climate change secretary, Lisa Nandy, who coordinated the pledge. 

“City leaders around the world are already showing how it is possible to make urban areas safer, cleaner places to live while dramatically reducing emissions of greenhouse gas pollution.”

Showing leadership

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said transition to 100 per cent green energy in cities would need “acts of leadership by the many, not the few”.

“We are taking action to show a completely clean energy future is both viable and within reach within the course of a generation”, he added.

According to a paper published in 2014 by Greater Manchester’s research and policy think tank, New Economy, there is a significant opportunity for local authorities and cities to directly engage in local energy generation and provision.

Greater Manchester is currently consulting on its 2016-2020 climate change strategy, which is available here.