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Greater Manchester ranks top for tackling climate change

Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership is England’s best performing regional LEP for tackling climate change and encouraging a low carbon economy, according to a new report.

Greater Manchester was placed number one out of England’s 38 LEPs in the Fit for the Future II report, the second national review supported by the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The scoring was based on information from LEP strategies, commitments, websites and interviews with key individuals. It covers both measures that mitigate climate change, by cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and adapt to it, by lowering the risks posed by extreme weather and other climate impacts. 

Top of the pack

The other North West LEPs ranked were Liverpool City Region (10th), Cheshire and Warrington (17th), Cumbria (18th) and Lancashire (36th).

Greater Manchester also topped a separate table of the ten core cities which best demonstrate the benefits of integrating climate change and low carbon economy issues into local authority and combined authority working. 

Local measures

The city region is working towards a target of reducing emissions to 48 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 per cent by 2050.

It is also taking climate change adaptation measures as party to the Global Covenant of Mayors and EU RESIN project, while Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has arranged a ‘Green Summit’, to be held on 21 March 2018.

Other local schemes highlighted in the report include the city region’s Business Growth Hub with support for businesses, its successful domestic smart energy pilot, and wider investments in district heating and LED lighting.

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