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Grow With Wyre Forestry apprentices, Fahra Collins & Andy Jones, courtesy Forestry Commission / Isobel Cameron

Urban forestry and developing a green economy

The idea that jobs in forestry, forest products and woodland management could be a boon for the urban metropolis of Manchester appears counter-intuitive, but there's real growth in trees.

Investing in green growth for Greater Manchester

A low carbon economy is one of the principle goals in the forthcoming, updated Greater Manchester Strategy. Here Mark Atherton introduces the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, its priorties, programmes and governance arrangements.

Empowering Manchester – The British Energy Challenge

The British Energy Challenge exhibition arrived at Manchester Town Hall today and asked visitors to consider how energy is made and used, and what we can be doing to address the current energy challenge facing Britain.

It Wasn't Built in a Day

Why transforming the material fabric of cities matters

Decarbonising cities has become an increasingly important policy and research challenge. Debates usually focus on the role of cities as producers and reducers of CO2; city-level policy responses to decarbonisation; and the strengths and weaknesses of these responses. Mike Hodson and Alex Wharton summarise these issues and the role of policy, practice and research in enhancing city responses in Greater Manchester; and set out future work to enhance responses.

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Greater Manchester's sustainability in numbers

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it, so here's Platform's first attempt at running the numbers on Greater Manchester's sustainability efforts, from waste, to cycling, to carbon.

GMHP logo + Omega Nebula hydrogen cloud

Fuelling the future: new hydrogen partnership launches

The research expertise of Manchester’s three leading universities is at the centre of a drive to bring a carbon-free version of a new energy source to the city.

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A Certain Future: Steering Group report

Last night (25th July 2013) saw the 25th meeting of Manchester’s stakeholder steering group for climate change; the group of volunteers from across all sectors and walks of life that guides the delivery of the city’s action plan: A Certain Future.

GMEV launches at the Intu Trafford Centre

Our friends electric: EV network goes live

A new electric vehicle charging point network and pay as you go programme, launches this weekend across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Manchester’s heat networks blaze the trail

By 2015, a large chunk of Manchester city centre will be connected to an innovative heat network. It is part of a long term plan designed to cut the city region’s carbon emissions, as well as encourage more sustainable commercial developments and tackle the pernicious issue of fuel poverty.

Manchester Central Library

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.

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