A report outlining how Manchester can meet its aim to become a zero-carbon city by 2038 will be considered by Manchester City Council.
The city has adopted the ambitious twenty-year target in response to the international scientific consensus that global carbon emissions must be reduced as rapidly as possible to avoid catastrophic climate change.
The council’s Executive will be asked to endorse a draft Zero Carbon Framework, which has been produced by the city’s Climate Change Board and Agency.
The Zero Carbon Framework outlines the approach which will be taken to help Manchester reduce its carbon emissions over the period 2020-2038. The target was proposed by the Manchester Climate Change Board and Agency, in line with research carried out by the world-renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, based at the University of Manchester.
Manchester’s science-based target includes a commitment to releasing a maximum of 15 million tonnes of CO2 from 2018-2100. With carbon currently being released at a rate of 2 million tonnes per year, Manchester’s ‘carbon budget’ will run out in 2025, unless urgent action is taken.
Areas for action in the draft Framework include improving the energy efficiency of local homes; generating more renewable energy to power buildings; creating well-connected cycling and walking routes, public transport networks and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; plus the development of a ‘circular economy’, in which sustainable and renewable materials are reused and recycled as much as possible.
Sixty ‘pioneer’ organisations have so far signed up to play their part in meeting the zero-carbon goal. These include the city council, Manchester City FC, the city’s two universities, Electricity Northwest, housing providers, plus representatives of the local arts, faith and healthcare sectors.
These pioneers are in the process of developing their own individual action plans to show how they will contribute to the city’s overall carbon savings by reducing their own emissions and also by encouraging their stakeholders to follow suit.