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We're reducing Greater Manchester's carbon footprint to help make the most of the area's energy and resources. 

We're helping businesses, residents and the public sector get more energy-efficient, and investing in our natural environment to respond to climate change and to improve quality of life.

This work is centred on our Low Carbon Hub, run by a board of public, private, voluntary, university and government representatives. The hub combines business innovation with a special interest in a green, sustainable environment.

The Greater Manchester Climate Change and Low Emissions Implementation Plan lays out our pathway for the next 4 years.  It builds upon existing work and sets out our priorities to 2020 and beyond.  It includes actions to both address climate change and improve Greater Manchester’s air quality. 

As a result of the Green Summit, we're exploring how we can make Greater Manchester carbon neutral by at least 2040.

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Green Summit

Following his election, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, announced his ambitions for making Greater Manchester one of the leading green cities in Europe.

To help realise these ambitions, he called for a landmark Green Summit, which was held on 21 March 2018. The event brought together environmental experts, interest groups, partner agencies, academics and local people together to accelerate Greater Manchester’s green ambitions. It was also used to launch the Plastic-Free Greater Manchester Campaign.

Connect with nature

Greater Manchester's Local Nature Partnership – Natural Capital Group – has launched a new website to help people get closer to nature and make the most of Greater Manchester’s natural green spaces. The site includes info on local walks, volunteering opportunities and local nature events. 

Implications of the Paris Agreement for Greater Manchester

As part of the SCATTER (Setting City Areas Targets and Trajectories for Emission Reductions) project commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Tyndall Manchester have calculated a carbon budget for Greater Manchester that is compatible with the commitment in The Paris Climate Agreement. 

£15 million Low Carbon Fund launches in Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has launched a new loan fund to promote the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources in the region. The £15 million Greater Manchester Low Carbon Fund has been allocated from the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund and has a lifespan of 15 years.

Our headline goals:

Cutting carbon emissions by 48% between 1990 and 2020. 

Growing a low carbon economy – UK’s 3rd largest low carbon and environmental goods and services sector generating £3.4 Billion GVA and 37,000 jobs.

Achieving EU Air Quality thresholds – Supporting UK Government in achieving targets in order to reduce ill health at the earliest opportunity.

Embedding Low Carbon Behaviours – A UK reputation for its pioneering work in championing action on climate change.

Rapidly adapting to a changing climate

Waste and Resources

Waste and Resources are responsible for the management and disposal of municipal waste from Greater Manchester (Formerly known as Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority).  They handle around 4% of the UKs municipal waste.  This is approximately 1.1 million tonnes of waste and recycling each year from over a million households from the metropolitan districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.  (Wigan operate as a unitary authority and administers its own disposal arrangements).

Fit for the Future

Greater Manchester is performing well in its efforts to address and prepare for climate change. 

In reports assessing performance across the UK, Greater Manchester scores highly - coming top or nearly top for most of the categories assessed. Greater Manchester's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) ranked number one in the overall league table reflecting LEP commitments to all of climate adaptation, mitigation and the low carbon economy.

The Fit For The Future reports represent the first national review of all combined authorities and core cities, and the second national review of all 38 LEPs’ commitments to tackling climate change and embracing the low carbon economy. 

Springboard Report

Following on from this, the Springboard Report is an action plan that takes on board feedback from its 600 delegates as well as over 1,200 individuals who attended listening events leading up to it, and sets out the first steps we will take this year.

A number of online workstreams will also be set up to work with others to develop detailed delivery and investment proposals, focusing on buildings efficiency and energy generation, over the next year.

This will all come together to define a 5 year plan to be agreed at the next Green Summit on 25th March 2019.


Find out more about Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub and how businesses, universities and the public sector are working together on carbon reduction and low carbon growth at:

To sign up to the Low Carbon Hub quarterly e-bulletin email:

Twitter: @GMLowcarbonhub #GMGreenCity

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Useful resources for businesses:

Lead member

Cllr Alex Ganotis

Cllr Alex Ganotis


Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub


Phone: 0161 778 7014

Twitter: @GMLowcarbonhub

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