Stockport has become the latest council in the North West to commit to running entirely on 100 per cent clean energy by 2050, with the hope that businesses and other organisations will follow.
Stockport is the 74th UK council to join the UK 100, which plans to achieve 100 per cent clean energy at the town and city level by 2050 through setting ambitious targets.
The 18 other North West councils that are members include Blackpool, Bolton, Cheshire West, Chester, Halton, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, St Helens, Tameside, Warrington, Wigan, and Wirral.
Stockport Council has already made several investments in solar energy, having spent £9 million on solar panels for social housing and public buildings. It is also home to Greater Manchester’s first community-owned hydroelectric plant.
As well as more deployment of renewable energy, meeting the target will require a significant shift towards greener transport and improving energy efficiency in buildings.
‘Get on board’
Cllr Alex Ganotis, leader of Stockport Council, said: “Ambitious targets not only drive progress in terms of our own energy mix, but if enough businesses and organisations get on board, this also helps drive investment into green technology and jobs in that sector. This can make clean energy more economical and reliable at the same time as actively reducing emissions.
“I am also highly pleased to see councils across Greater Manchester making similar pledges. The Greater Manchester region has always been unafraid to innovate and take the lead, as has Stockport within it. This sends a strong message on our ambitions as a town and a city region on green issues.”