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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.

Wealthier, healthier cities

A new report from CDP, AECOM & the C40 network of climate cities shows that tackling your city's greenhouse gas emissions has a payback in terms of health and the local economy, too.

A lightbulb moment? The evidence base informing the GM Climate Change Strategy

A selection of links and online areas that helped underpin the drafting of Greater Manchester's Climate Change Strategy in 2012.

CONNECTED - The Energy Plan for Greater Manchester

As the 21st century gets into its stride a new energy future is emerging. Climate change, volatile prices and the availability of fuel are pressing challenges right across the world. Looking to keep the lights on and the economy working, Greater Manchester Energy Group bring to you CONNECTED - our strategic plan in the face of this uncertain future.  Looking to 2020, the plan sets out the current situation, potential issues and proposed solutions for a more sustainable and secure energy future.

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Decarbonise the City

Greater Manchester aims to become a global leader in a new kind of economics.  The world’s definitive industrial city marks out a new, sustainable path for its future. Under the banner of 'Decarbonise the City' this series of case studies outlines how Greater Manchester Combined Authority plans to embrace a low carbon future, become more competitive and future-proofed.

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....

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