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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. The day included include headline speakers, workshops, q&a panels and more. A second event is in the pipeline that will bring together findings from the first summit and shape the next steps for Greater Manchester.

You can contribute to our ambitions using #GMGreenCity on Twitter and we'll let you know if more opportunities become available as we embark on this journey.

Make your Green City Pledge

Want to make Greater Manchester one of the greenest city regions? Help us achieve this by making your Green City Pledge here

Plastic-Free Greater Manchester

One of the most exciting pledges and highlights of the day was an industry-led plastic-free pledge made by some big names in the hospitality sector. They're aiming to ditch single-use plastics by 2020 and plastic straws are already on the way out.

You can make your own plastic-free pledge using our website - so get involved! #PlasticFreeGM


A number of proposals and announcements were made at the summit, including:

  • Bringing forward the date by which we make Greater Manchester carbon neutral by at least a decade to 2040.
  • Greater Manchester is one of the few cities in the world that is using a science-based approach to evaluating carbon targets and trajectories. The Tyndall Centre has published its report on the impact of the Paris Agreement for Greater Manchester.
  • Greater Manchester has been designated by Defra as the UK's urban pioneer city, which means we will be given the opportunity to find new ways to manage and invest in our natural environment.
  • Producing a Natural Capital Investment Plan to identify those assets which could provide strategic benefit to local communities across Greater Manchester.
  • Exploring the creation of a Greater Manchester energy company able to invest in energy generation, storage and control technologies to generate revenue from 'grid balancing'.
  • Electricity North West will lead a workstream to find out how Greater Manchester can generate more energy locally from smart, renewable sources.
  • UK Green Buildings Council will lead a workstream to assess how our current building stock can be retrofit at an affordable cost, potentially generating new jobs for the region.
  • The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework including a date by which all new homes built across Greater Manchester will need to be net zero carbon
  • Doubling the number of electric vehicle charging points.
  • Moving to an emissions-free bus fleet.
  • Investing up to £50m per year for three years to transform cycling and walking in the city-region.
  • Launching a Plastic-Free Greater Manchester campaign to eliminate single-use plastics.


The event was live streamed on this page, on Twitter @mayorofgm and also by the BBC.

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