BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 15 Dec '19

Greater Manchester among top global regions tackling climate change

Greater Manchester has been ranked as one of the top global regions taking action on climate change by an international charity that measures environmental impact.

The Greater Manchester city-region was named on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) ‘A List’ of cities, states and regions that are increasing transparency and accelerating steps to combat climate change.

In the 2018 list, released earlier this year, only 43 cities worldwide scored the highest rating of more than 8,400 companies and 920 cities, states and regions that disclosed their data through the CDP annually.

Decarbonising Manchester’s economy

The CDP analysis showed that Greater Manchester has made progress towards the ambitious yet realistic goals that it has set in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The city-region submits a CDP report annually, and this year reported the wide-ranging strategic plans that are in place to ensure that the actions being taken will reduce the impact of climate change and its effects on residents, businesses and organisations in Greater Manchester.

‘We’ve been very clear in setting out our ambitions for decarbonising our economy here in Greater Manchester, and this latest analysis shows that our city-region is one of those leading the way globally in recognising and tackling the climate emergency.

‘Social and industrial innovation is part of our heritage as a place, and this holds true in how we’re addressing the significant challenges posed by climate change with our plans for clean public transport infrastructure, energy efficient buildings, renewable sources of energy and sustainable business practices.’

ANDY BURNHAM
Mayor of Greater Manchester

Mayors for climate and energy

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is part of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, a group of international authorities signed up to committing to reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience in their territories.

Greater Manchester’s Five-Year Environment Plan, which sets out GMCA’s long-term environmental vision and the steps needed to achieve our target of becoming carbon neutral by 2038, was also assessed by the CDP against the requirements of the Global Covenant.

Of the more the than 9,000 signatories, Greater Manchester is in the top 1% worldwide of areas meeting their obligations to report, set targets and take action on carbon reduction, and one of only three in the UK.