The Council and democracy Climate Change

Our carbon emissions

We have a key role to play in contributing to Manchester: A Certain Future (MACF) and act as a catalyst for change.

In 2010, we set out our commitments in the Climate Change Delivery Plan, which fell into two main categories:

  • internal - reducing our own CO2 emissions and becoming a low-carbon authority by 41% by 2020 from a 2009/10 baseline; and
  • external - providing leadership and influence to the city and its partners and leading on the development of key projects and programmes, where we are best placed to do so.

Since 2010 we have implemented a series of shorter term plans designed to establish a strong platform early on which further activity could be delivered and the ambitious commitments to 2020 realised. Our current plan focuses on our operational estates, street lighting, waste collection fleet, other fleet vehicles and staff business travel. The plan also recognises the Council's influence and leadership role across the city and actions that we can support to enable wider change. 

In 2018/19 we achieved our current Climate Change Action Plan 2016/20 targets to reduce our emissions by 41% (based on a 2009/10 baseline) by achieving a 48.1% reduction. Themes included in the current plan cover building retrofit, energy generation, green infrastructure and biodiversity, sustainable consumption and production, environmental education, carbon literacy training and sustainable transport. The most accurate and complete picture of our direct CO2 emissions can be found in the annual carbon emissions report. This report is produced each summer.


The most accurate and complete picture of the our full direct CO2 emissions can be found in the annual carbon emissions report . This report is produced each summer, once the data from the previous year has been collated and verified.

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