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International charity recognises Greater Manchester’s efforts against climate change

The city-region of Greater Manchester was named on the CDP’s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) ‘A List’ of cities, states and regions that are working hard towards combatting climate change.

In the 2018 list, published earlier this year, only 43 cities worldwide scored the highest rating of more than 8,400 companies and 920 cities, states and regions that disclosed their data through the CDP yearly.

Greater Manchester is in the top 1% worldwide of areas meeting their obligations to report, set targets, and take action on carbon reduction, and one of only three in the UK, out of the 9,000 signatories.

The CDP examination showed that Greater Manchester has made momentous development towards the ambitious yet realistic goals that it has set in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The city-region submits a report to the CDP every year and this year reported the wide-rating strategic plans that are in place to make sure that actions are taking place to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects on residents, business and organisations in in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester’s Five-Year Environment Plan, which sets out Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s long-term environmental vision and the steps that need to be taken to achieve the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038, this was also assessed by the CDP against the requirements of the Global Covenant.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “We’ve been very clear in setting out our ambitions for decarbonising our economy here in Greater Manchester, and this latest analysis shows that our city-region is one of those leading the way globally in recognising and tackling the climate emergency.

Social and industrial innovation is part of our heritage as a place, and this holds true in how we’re addressing the significant challenges posed by climate change with our plans for clean public transport infrastructure, energy efficient buildings, renewable sources of energy, and sustainable business practices.

Image: Dominic Lipinski PA


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