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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.

A follow-up Green Summit 2019 event is planned for 25 March, 2019 to shore up some of the proposals made at the first summit and help define a five-year plan to put us on the path for carbon neutrality.

Green Summit 2018 – a recap

The Green Summit 2018 revealed that 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 2018 event was also used to launch the Plastic-Free Greater Manchester Campaign.

A number of proposals arose from the first Green Summit, which have fed into the Springboard Report – the Green Summit action plan. Proposals included:

  • Bringing forward the date by which we make Greater Manchester carbon neutral by at least a decade to 2040, or even 2038!
  • 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 leading a workstream to find out how Greater Manchester can generate more energy locally from smart, renewable sources
  • UK Green Buildings Council leading a workstream to assess how our current building stock can be retrofit at an affordable cost, potentially generating new jobs for the region
  • Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment (the 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.

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