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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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Mission Based Approach to delivering the Five Year Environment Plan for GM

One of Greater Manchester’s unique assets, one that differentiates us from other City Region’s, is the strength, depth and longevity of our partnerships. 

Manchester's Climate Change Call to Action

The 8th July saw the release of the 7th report on how the city is performing against its carbon emission reduction targets, and the annual Manchester Climate Change Conference 2019 at the University of Manchester. 

The conference looked at the progress the city is already making towards these targets, and crucially helped the evening’s delegates answer the questions – are we on track to meet the zero carbon 2038 target, what next for the city, and what can I do?

£56k green boost for precision components firm

An Oldham manufacturer is set to save more than £56,000 a year after installing an extensive rooftop solar panel system and energy efficient equipment at its factory.

Bradley Manufacturing produces springs, wire forms and pressed components - specialising in sheet metal fabrication and finishing services, including CNC manufacturing, laser cutting, punching, bending and forming, automated powder coating and sublimation printing. 

Salford Community Initiatives To Tackle Fuel Poverty

With effects on health, education and employability, fuel poverty affects a growing number of people with a staggering 15% of households in the Broughton area of Salford classified as fuel poor [1]. Rebecca Long Bailey MP said:

‘‘One in ten households live in fuel poverty. An issue caused by rip-off prices, a broken energy system and a government that doesn’t want or care to make the real changes to our energy sector that will help customers.”

Local Area Energy Planning: Supporting clean growth and low carbon transition

In a project delivered for the Energy Technologies Institute, Energy Systems Catapult has designed a planning framework to help local government, energy networks and other key local stakeholders prepare for a low carbon future in a cost-efficient and strategic way.

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