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 is being held on 21 March 2018. Following an extensive consultation phase, the summit will bring together environmental experts, interest groups, partner agencies, academics and local people together to establish a ‘green charter’, accelerate Greater Manchester’s green ambitions, and explore the earliest possible milestones for achieving carbon neutrality.
In the same way that the environment effects everyone, everyone has something to bring to the table about protecting it. We want representation from all areas of our society on the day, to contribute to our region's plans to accelerate our ambition to become 'carbon neutral' sooner than the current 2050 target. The existing target is challenging but the latest facts say we simply must go even further. The day's agenda intends to inspire, create dialogue and resolution and we would like you to be part of this event.
Please note that spaces are limited and registering your interest for this event does not necessarily guarantee a place on the day. Registration is due to close early February and towards the end of February we will let people know whether or not they have been succesful in their application. For the event we would like to see representation from across all sectors in Greater Manchester, and this is what will guide the selection process. We'll try and get as many people involved as we can, and there'll be lots of other ways to get involved with our ambitions for delivering a healthier, greener carbon-neutral city region.
Cllr Alex Ganotis, Greater Manchester's Green City Region lead, talks about the aims of the summit:
Green City Consultation
There's still time to fill in our survey ahead of our Green Summit to share your ideas for making Greater #Manchester a greener, healthier region. How soon can we become carbon neutral - and what needs to happen to get us there? https://t.co/bz0q1YoWKR #GMGreenCity pic.twitter.com/R8RBMdMIOL
There's still time to fill in our survey ahead of our Green Summit to share your ideas for making Greater #Manchester a greener, healthier region. How soon can we become carbon neutral - and what needs to happen to get us there? https://t.co/bz0q1YoWKR #GMGreenCity pic.twitter.com/R8RBMdMIOL— GM Low Carbon Hub #GMGreenCity (@GMLowcarbonhub) February 14, 2018
We want your support to achieve our goal of making Greater Manchester a leading green and carbon-neutral city region. Take 5 minutes to complete our survey, sharing your priorities and ideas for creating a natural, liveable and successful city region.
In the run up to the summit, partner agencies are holding a number of "listening events" across Greater Manchester. Some are by targeted invite, and others are free for anyone to drop in. Through these events, we'll be able to get a feel for the issues and challenges that need to be overcome, as well as hear people's ideas for how we can make Greater Manchester the greenest city region in the UK.
Register your interest and find out more using the links below:
- 12 February 2018, Energy Democracy, Manchester
- 13 February 2018, Bolton Listening Event
- 19 February 2018, Carbon Co-op Event, Manchester
- 26 February 2018, Trafford Listening Event
- 28 February 2018, Smart Energy and Decarbonisation of Heat, Manchester
- 5 March 2018, Prioritising Health in Planning, Manchester
- 7 March 2018, 'Making your voice heard at the Green Summit', Stockport
- 8 March 2018, Green Technology and Services Sector, Stockport
- 13 March 2018, Sustainable Food, Manchester
Our carbon history
Look at our journey to date and consider what a carbon neutral future would look like.