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Renewed efforts to bridge a digital divide

Last month Manchester’s free internet service, the _FreebeeMCR network,  expanded across the city, with  WiFi access now available at key city centre transport hubs, too. But what more can the city do to bridge the so-called ‘digital divide’ and ensure that all Mancunians benefit from the city’s digital success?

The Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform

Beth Perry of the University of Salford introduces the work being carried out, supported by Mistra Urban Futures, to create Local Interaction Platform for Greater Manchester, dedicated to a fairer, greener and denser city.

Briefing: An outline of Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub

A briefing on Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub; it's priorities, programmes and the evidence base it's using to create growth across the low carbon and environmental sectors.

Workshop held on career development in the low carbon sector

Summary and results from a workshop in Wigan looking at the health of the Low Carbon Skills Sector across Greater Manchester and the North West.

Cranes and cheery pickers on the Manchester skyline

Perspectives Essay: Manchester – A Sustainable Future

In this Perspectives Essay, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese, argues that for the foreseeable future a healthy, sustainable future for Manchester and, by association, Greater Manchester depends on maintaining a growth trajectory. This is not growth at any cost. The city should continue to be capable of sustaining human life in a socially acceptable and civilised way. Drawing on evidence from the city’s recent history of urban development, he concludes that Manchester is going in the right direction, and that the city-region is taking the right approach, building consensus and taking people with it, but that the pace of change needs to quicken.

Transformation, adaptation & competitive advantage - The GM Climate Change Strategy

Approved by the AGMA Executive Board on 29th July 2011, the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy sets out how we aim to reduce direct carbon dioxide emissions by an ambitious 48% by 2020 - a target 14% above compliance with the UK Government Target, competitive with international practice! The implementation plan for the strategy 2012-14 provides the context for current work.

Turning the plan into action - implementing the GM Climate Change Strategy

What value is a plan if it doesn't lead to action? Influenced by stakeholders, compilation of a GM project database and the consideration of priorities and programme targets, the GM Climate Change Strategy Implementation Plan puts in place attainable levels of activity and targets to ensure Greater Manchester tackle the opportunities and challenges presented by climate change for the period up to 2020.

Climate change adaptation in Greater Manchester - the opportunities, the threats

If Greater Manchester fails to adapt, unavoidable climate change could lead to a potential loss of £20 billion to the economy, according to the latest research.

Keeping up to date on the Low Carbon Hub

Responsible for piloting emerging Government low carbon policies, energy supply and demand initiatives, & developing and putting in place the delivery arrangements for Greater Manchester's Climate Change Strategy and other environmental priorities, the Low Carbon Hub aims to provide a 'one-stop-shop' on the low carbon agenda in Greater Manchester.  The Hub Board meets four times per year and steers five thematic and two cross-cutting sub groups, to progress our priorities.  

Wealthier, healthier cities

A new report from CDP, AECOM & the C40 network of climate cities shows that tackling your city's greenhouse gas emissions has a payback in terms of health and the local economy, too.

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