Combined Authority declares climate emergency

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has declared a climate emergency after a motion was agreed at the full CA meeting in Oldham on Friday 26 July.

A five year environment plan was launched by the GMCA in March 2019 following 12 months of collaboration and consultation with representatives from across the city-region. Urgent action is needed to put Greater Manchester on a path to carbon neutrality by 2038.

The Combined Authority believes that the impacts of global temperature rise above 1.5°C are so severe that governments at all levels must work together and make this their top priority.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, now intends to write to the Prime Minister to inform Government that the GMCA has declared a climate emergency.

The motion states that the GMCA will "take a mission-based approach to achieving this target date as part of the Local Industrial Strategy agreed with Government," and to ensure that GMCA "maximises the economic opportunities presented by the move to carbon neutrality."

Article Published: 12/08/2019 10:11 AM