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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 20 Mar '19
Buildings across Greater Manchester light up green to launch clean energy offer
Manchester Town Hall, MediaCityUK, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and United Utilities (main image) are just some of the locations lighting up green this week to encourage residents and businesses in Greater Manchester to switch to renewable electricity.
The green energy offers are a result of a partnership between Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Big Clean Switch, which has negotiated the deals for Greater Manchester.
An exclusive deal for households will be launched on 26 March, with offers for businesses and community groups following in April.
Carbon neutral by 2038
The buildings lighting up green are either already powered by green electricity or are in the process of moving over to green electricity. They’ll light up green every evening from 18 March to 22 March.
The initiative is timed to coincide with Mayor Andy Burnham’s Green Summit, taking place at the Lowry Centre on 25 March. The summit will launch Greater Manchester’s five-year environment plan, which sets out the urgent actions we all need to take in the next five years if we are to meet our long-term vision of becoming a carbon-neutral city region by 2038.
One of the actions needed is for residents and businesses of Greater Manchester to switch to green energy.
Cheaper energy bills
Local households have saved an average of £270 a year switching to green energy since Big Clean Switch started working with Greater Manchester Combined Authority in late 2017.
As well as all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities, a host of other organisations from across the city including football clubs, universities and businesses are backing the Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch campaign, the first of its kind in the UK.
‘This is a great initiative that literally shines a spotlight on a key issue. Switching to a renewable energy supplier is something we can all do, and Big Clean Switch have made the process simple and straightforward. It’s better for the environment, and in many cases will also lead to savings on people’s bills.
‘At this year’s Green Summit, we will be launching our five-year environment plan to set us on the path to carbon neutrality in 2038. Only by us all taking action – residents and business included – will we hit that target, so I’d encourage everyone to make that switch.’
Mayor of Greater Manchester
The buildings lighting up green are:
- Dukinfield Town Hall, Tameside Council
- ITV studios in MediaCityUK
- Manchester Cathedral
- Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium
- Manchester Town Hall
- Salford Town Hall
- Stockport Town Hall
- Swan Street Studios, Royal Exchange Theatre
- United Utilities’ Davyhulme Water Treatment Works, Trafford