A Consultation on Manchester’s new carbon neutral target was unveiled this month in the city’s town hall, as it was announced that the previous emission target had not been met.
Gavin Elliot, Chair of Manchester: A Certain Future, announced the city was behind the original target to cut carbon emissions by 42% by 2020, and unveiled the new target, to be carbon neutral by 2050.
A public consultation on the new strategy was launched on the same day, which was the hottest of the year so far, but the group denied they were simply pushing back the target.
The outline strategy promises that: “Manchester will play its full part in limiting the impacts of climate change… and by 2025 will be on a path to being a zero carbon city by 2050”.
Members of the public are encouraged to access ManchesterClimate.com to view the strategy, and to leave feedback ahead of the consultation’s end in October.
Council Leader Sir Richard Leese spoke at the consultation launch, emphasising the importance of encouraging an inclusive approach in changing attitudes to carbon neutrality.
Educational group the Carbon Literacy Project was also present, as time and again speakers stated the need for a higher level of engagement and education on low carbon living.
Tweeting after the event, the project said: “@SirRichardLeese – good link between @Carbon_Literacy and #ourmanchester approach to next 10 years #macf AGM.
“Low carbon needs to integrate”.