History of Climate Change in Manchester
In 2008 we approved the 'Principles of Tackling Climate Change in Manchester', from which we could develop an action plan outlining how Manchester will become a low carbon city by 2020.
The principles cover issues ranging from appropriate target setting and consistency with the UK Climate Change Act, through to the need to build climate change awareness and skills into the mainstream education system. The principles provided a base from which a range of activity can be and has been undertaken, including the delivery of our Eco-Schools programme and the use of Manchester's Local Area Agreement to make further commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
Building on the commitments made in the report, the 'Climate Change Call to Action' was then released in 2009. This set out new ways of thinking about climate change and describes how taking early action on climate change can deliver an even better city in which to live and work.
The Call to Action stated that by 2020 we need to have reduced our emissions by at least one-third and by doing so will:
- Improve the city's competitiveness and strengthen its economy;
- Bring new opportunities for existing city businesses and create jobs;
- Transform and modernise the infrastructure;
- Assist the regeneration of run-down parts of the city;
- Enhance its programme of creating neighbourhoods of choice; and
- Enhance social mobility and quality of everyday life.
The Call to Action was followed by Manchester: A Certain Future in late 2009.