The Council and democracy Climate Change

Transcript of climate action animation

  • Combating climate change is a race against the clock.
  • We haven’t just woken up to this issue.
  • Back in 2009 we played an integral role when residents, businesses and other organisations came together to produce the first-ever climate change strategy for the city.
  • We are a key member of the Manchester Climate Change Partnership, which brings together more than 60 city organisations to tackle climate change.
  • In 2010 we set out some commitments…
  • Cutting our CO₂ emissions by 41% by 2020
  • Providing leadership and influence for the city and its partners, and leading on the development of key projects and programmes where we are best placed to do so
  • Manchester’s recycling rate doubled from 20% to 40%
  • We invested in walking and cycling
  • We supported the launch of the carbon-literacy training programme – a world first
  • We introduced electric vehicle charging points across the city 
  • We implemented significant changes to the city’s transport infrastructure
  • All new Council buildings have been designed and built to the highest sustainability requirements
  • July 2019 – After listening to our communities, particularly young people...
  • We were one of the first councils to declare a climate emergency
  • March 2020 – The Council’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan will be published, setting out how the Council will aim to drastically reduce its emissions 2020–25 
  • This will be published alongside summaries of partner action plans. Together, we account for more than 20% of the emissions in the city – and we will be encouraging everyone to play their part.
  • Right now, we’re making some big changes…
  • We replaced 56,000 old street lights with LED lights, saving 8,400 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
  • Thirteen of the highest-emission Council buildings are being retrofitted in a £10.2million programme to improve their energy-efficiency. This will save 819 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
  • Some 2,200 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved every year when The Civic Quarter Heat Network starts to generate electricity in 2021.
  • In the past five years, 8,000 trees have been planted across Manchester.
  • The Zero-Carbon Action Plan 2020–25 aims to reduce the Council’s carbon emissions by up to 50 per cent, including replacing the existing bin-lorry fleet with electric vehicles.

 
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