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A tale of two (low carbon) buildings

Two of  Manchester’s landmark buildings, built nearly 80 years apart, are at the forefront of the city’s low carbon future and a commitment to a 48% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

Regions 4 Green Growth Peer Review team in action

Euro-scoresheet for the city’s low carbon work plan

Greater Manchester’s low carbon report card gives top marks for ambition but with more work to do on engagement, according to a European peer review.

Briefing: Biomass projects across Greater Manchester

As the controversial Barton Renewable Energy Project gets its official go-ahead, Mark Atherton of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub outlines the biomass projects that are proving a success across the city region and what the main issues are when considering biomass as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels.

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.

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Park up and plug in: Greater Manchester's new electric vehicle charging network

A new electric vehicle charging point network and pay as you go programme, led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), has been announced by Sir Richard Leese at a launch at Manchester Central.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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