The Council and democracy Climate Change

Our carbon emissions

In July 2019, we declared a climate emergency. This declaration recognises the need for us, and the city as a whole, to do more to reduce our carbon emissions and the negative impacts of climate change. It also demonstrates our commitment to take leadership in the global response to climate change and to lead by example.

In March 2020, we launched our current Climate Change Action Plan 2020-2025. The document sets out our commitment to tackling climate change over the next 5 years and builds on previous action plans from the last decade. It outlines the actions we need to take to play our full part in delivering the city’s zero carbon ambition. The plan includes the actions we will take to achieve a 50% reduction in our direct CO2 emissions between 2020 and 2025, as well as actions to support the city’s zero-carbon ambitions. 

To keep on track to becoming zero carbon by 2038, the Council's target is to reduce our emissions by 13% each year, starting from 2018/19.

Monitoring our carbon emissions

We monitor our emissions on a quarterly and annual basis. See our Quarterly Carbon Emissions Report (Q1 2020/21)

Alongside the data reports, we also report on our progress to deliver the Climate Change Action Plan 2020-2025.

Please bear with us, we are currently working on our Quarterly Climate Change Progress Report to make sure that it is accessible to all. The aim of the Progress Report is to provide a regular update on the delivery of the Manchester Climate Change Action Plan 2020-25. 

If you would like to receive a copy of the latest Quarterly Climate Change Progress Report, please email:

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