Manchester City Council has set out how it intends to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 in its Climate Change Action Plan.
The 2020-25 plan outlined the measures that the council is aiming to take in a bid to reduce carbon emissions from its buildings, energy use and transport from around 30,000 tonnes a year in 2019-20, to just 15,000 in 2024-25. It will sit alongside a citywide Climate Change Framework which looks at how the city, as a whole, can reach an agreed target of zero carbon by 2038.
Some of the planned measures include retrofitting as many of the 350 buildings in the council’s estate as possible, radically improving energy efficiency; a large scale clean energy generation scheme, involving the use of arrays of solar panels and wind turbines on council land and buildings; and replacing half of the council’s refuse collection vehicles with 27 new electric vehicles (EVs) through an investment of £9.95mn, as well as increasing the number of EVs in the council’s fleet. The estimated savings a year by 2025 add up to 15,820 tonnes. Quarterly update reports will set out progress against actions identified in the plan.
The plan will now go to the Council’s Executive for final approval on 11 March, after being considered by the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee on 4 March.
Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for Environment, said: “The world is waking up to the very real climate crisis which faces us all and Manchester – never a city to shirk a challenge – is determined to play a leading part in tackling it. The next five years are going to be absolutely crucial. To achieve the ambitious goal of Manchester becoming zero carbon by 2038 we are going to have to make rapid and radical progress.”