Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub has published its annual environment report, detailing the region’s green projects and achievements over the last year.
The Greater Manchester Environment Report 2016 provides an overview of the city region’s environmental targets, performance, priorities and projects.
It has been compiled by the region’s Low Carbon Hub, a partnership-led body charged with progressing Greater Manchester’s climate change action, with input from academia, the public and private sector.
Highlights for 2016 include:
- Greater Manchester became one of only 50 global cities to achieve compliance with the Compact of Mayors initiative
- The Climate Change and Low Emissions Implementation Strategy for 2016-2020 was published
- The region’s Green Deal domestic energy efficiency programme won national recognition
- £2 million was secured to tackle fuel poverty through energy efficiency measures
- The UK’s second-largest single installation of solar PV took place on Parr’s Wood school in Manchester
- The region’s Business Growth Hub secured new funding to deliver support to help SMEs in Greater Manchester improve their energy efficiency and adopt renewable energy.
‘Expansive, fast-moving, innovative’
Paul Dennett, chair of the Low Carbon Hub and mayor of Salford, said: “Since my appointment as chair [in 2016], I’ve been affiliating myself with the variety and scale of work that is being undertaken across Greater Manchester.
“The remit is expansive, fast-moving and innovative. It covers all aspects of life, from the energy used to heat your morning cup of tea, travelling to and from work by the most sustainable form of transport and exploring our green spaces and waterways, to a leisurely bike ride along one of GM’s many cycle routes. The green agenda touches us all and often in ways that we take for granted on a day-to-day basis.
“The most significant highlight must be that we are on track to achieve our 48 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 [against 1990 levels], based on current assumptions and planned action from within GM.”
To read the report, click here.