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Green City Region

Building a greener, cleaner region

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

Our target for 2020 is to cut emissions to 48 per cent of their 1990 levels.

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. 

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 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.

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

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. 


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

Key partners:

Useful resources for businesses:

Lead member

Councillor Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council


Mark Atherton, Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub


Phone: 07973 957563 

Twitter: @GMLowcarbonhub

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