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Dolls House environmental impact report

The Library Theatre Company decided to measure the environmental impact of their show A Doll's House which took place at The Lowry in January and February 2011. They felt that, despite the complex work involved in doing this that it was a worth while exercise for two main reasons....

It's all about waste!

Offering the most potential for efficient and effective working on detailed waste planning matters, the Greater Manchester Joint Waste Development Plan  (JWDPD) was adopted by each of the ten AGMA Authorities in 2011.  The JWDPD sets out a spatial framework for waste developments within Greater Manchester up to 2027, helping to direct the provision of adequate waste management facilities to appropriate locations across the city region.  The JWDPD now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for each authority and will be used alongside district-specific planning documents for the purpos

The EcoCities Project

By 2050, Greater Manchester's annual mean temperature could have increased by as much as 3.6 degrees Celsius, with our winters 36% wetter and summers 36% drier. We need to begin building resilience to the impacts of climate change, ensuring the stability of our society, our financial economy and the natural economy that sustains our daily lives.

The Great Leap Forwards: the Northwest's sustainability revolution

From the archive: a 2003 report from Industrial Evolution magazine on the technologies, innovations and solutions driving the growth of the sustainability sector in the Northwest of England.

Detail of Metrolink in Manchester by Jan Chlebik

Changing tracks and cutting carbon

From an original article in IE, Steve Connor examines efforts to curb carbon emissions from road transport as the Northwest enters the 21st Century.

Detail of Heysham power station by Jan Chlebik

Carbon counting and mercury rising

From an original article in IE magazine in 2002 Ian Herbert looked at the implications of climate change for the Northwest and at efforts to develop the region's renewable energy capacity.

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