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Plans for a greener Manchester agreed

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Mayor Andy Burnham and local leaders have agreed on plans to achieve carbon neutrality in Greater Manchester by 2038.

This is a decade earlier than originally planned.

The Springboard Report follows on from the inaugural Greater Manchester Green Summit in March. It considers feedback from the 600 delegates as well as from 1,200 individuals who attended listening events before the conference.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority said the agreement’s central ambition is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature to an even lower 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Burnham said: “The science is clear on the steps we need to take to become carbon-neutral, and some of these are very challenging. But our ambitions are high and we need communities and businesses to work with us to make this happen.”

“Our vision will not only make us a global leader for smart energy innovation, but will transform Greater Manchester into a world-leading greener, cleaner city region, improving the health and quality of life for millions of people and protecting our green spaces and environment for future generations.”

The report sets out 17 actions for completion by March 2019, before the 2019 Green Summit. These include:

  • The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will include a date by which all new homes and buildings built within Greater Manchester will be net zero carbon.
  • Producing a Natural Capital Investment Plan by December 2018, which will promote investment and delivery of opportunities that protect and enhance Greater Manchester’s atural capital to support a healthy population and economy.
  • Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will ensure that the ongoing development and delivery of its 2040 Transport Strategy is aligned with the carbon neutral ambition.
  • Establishing a new public sector-led commercial model for the Greater Manchester electric vehicle charging network with the long-term aim to at least double the size of the present system. TfGM will look at whether new bus powers can help to achieve an emissions-free bus fleet and by when.
  • TfGM will ensure that the ongoing development and delivery of its 2040 Transport Strategy is aligned with the carbon-neutral ambition.

The 2019 Green Summit will be held on 25 March.

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