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Green Summit 2020

Green Summit 2020 to Set Agenda for Tackling Climate Emergency

Greater Manchester will set out the next steps to achieving net-zero carbon at the Green Summit 2020, taking place online from 21-24 September.

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Getting the Green Light – How Do Nature-Based Solutions Perform?

The IGNITION project has collated over 1000 evidence items on the performance of nature-based solutions into a database that is now available to use, alongside supporting documents and a 'how to' webinar.

Examples of nature-based solutions in action on high rise flats

Greater Manchester to Gain Investor Confidence in Nature-Based Solutions

The IGNITION project aims to bring nature-based solutions into the mainstream across our city-region.

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Celebrating World Environment Day 2020

This World Environment Day, we’re celebrating Greater Manchester’s work towards the Five-Year Environment Plan.

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Why Do We Need Green Roofs?

World Green Roof Day (6th June) is a celebration of green roofs all over the world and the benefits they bring to people and nature. But what can green roofs do for us? The IGNITION project has made the evidence available to begin this conversation.

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How are businesses in the UK driving climate resilience?

Business in the Community’s Sam Hartley reflects on the role of business in climate resilience and nature-based solutions in our latest IGNITION blog.

Car-free in the twenty minute city

A vision for a car-free city centre has been outlined by a group of residents, activists and experts after two workshop sessions in central Manchester. The text below is the collaborative vision they've set out for a 'twenty minute city'.

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Biotech breakthrough for waste biomass

A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by Manchester researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals.

Greater Manchester gets 'A' rating on climate

GREATER Manchester has been ranked as one of the top global regions taking action on climate change by an international charity that measures environmental impact

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Tackle planning law as part of climate crisis

We know that environmental problems amongst voters’ biggest concerns for the 2019 General Election, but what are the practical steps a government needs to take to tackle a climate emergency? And how does that fit with work on the ground in Greater Manchester?

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