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Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy (GMCCS)

Greater Manchester launched its pioneering Climate Change Strategy in 2011, setting out how it will build a greener, more sustainable region.

The strategy sets out Greater Manchester's plan to build a low carbon economy by 2020, reducing carbon emissions by 48% and reacting to the changing climate while creating future jobs and new industries in the 'green' sector. The document co-ordinates the carbon reduction plans already crafted by the ten Greater Manchester local authorities and provides an effective, integrated approach to tackling climate change.

The plan outlines four headline visions for Greater Manchester by 2020:

  • A rapid transition to a low carbon economy;
  • Collective carbon emissions reduced by 48%;
  • Be prepared for and actively adapting to a rapidly changing climate; and 
  • ‘Carbon literacy' will have become embedded into the culture of organisations, lifestyles and behaviours.

Manchester is already contributing to the delivery of GMCCS through Manchester: A Certain Future (MACF) and a number of programmes are being delivered in conjunction with the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA).

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