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Greater Manchester commits to the Compact of Mayors

Launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, the Compact of Mayors has garnered the support of cities all around the world, as they pledge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, track their progress and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The Compact initiative was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of the world’s global city networks – C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority (GMCA), led by a partnership of its 10 constituent authorities and newly appointed Mayor for Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, was approached by representatives of the Compact and has committed to the initiative.

So far, 150 cities, representing 231,480,934 people worldwide and 3.2% of the total global population, have committed to the Compact of Mayors.

Through the Compact of Mayors, cities are:

Increasing their visibility as leaders responding to climate change;

Demonstrating their commitment to an ambitious global climate solution, particularly as nations convene around a new climate agreement in Paris in December 2015;

Encouraging direct public and private sector investments in cities by meeting transparent standards that are similar to those followed by national governments;

Building a consistent and robust body of data on the impact of city action; and
Accelerating more ambitious, collaborative, and sustainable local climate action.

GMCA has been working in partnership with its businesses and communities to tackle Climate Change for some time, committing to a 48% reduction in CO2 emissions between 1990 and 2020, alongside supporting low carbon growth, adaptation and societal goals. 

The combined authority has longstanding agreement with national government to act as a test bed and pioneer of new low carbon initiatives, and work in a range of European and international partnerships to deliver its goals.

GMCA already reports progress via the Carbon Disclosure Project and this will be its route to compliance for the Compact.

In parallel, GMCA constituents are also signatories to complementary initiatives including the EU Mayor’s ADAPT and Greater Manchester is also a ‘role model’ city for the UNISDR’s resilient cities campaign.

Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub Board, led on behalf of the GMCA by Cllr Sue Derbyshire, Leader of Stockport Council, integrates the delivery of multiple carbon- reduction measures within the city region.

The Board’s responsibility, on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is to develop and put in place the delivery arrangements for Greater Manchester’s Climate Change Strategy, Implementation Plan and other environmental priorities.

Many cities around the world are already acting to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, but their progress often goes unnoticed and is not measured or reported consistently.

Sharing the impact of these efforts and encouraging more participation is immensely important.

This is in part because of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, to be held in Paris in December, where it is hoped that a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world, will be achieved.

As it states on the official Compact of Mayors website:

“Ultimately, the Compact of Mayors provides hard evidence that cities are true climate leaders, and that local action can have a significant global impact. Real momentum can occur only when nations and cities collaborate.”

Tony Lloyd has, on behalf of Greater Manchester, also joined the 'Under 2 MoU', which commits city and regional governments to take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and help keep global warming below the 2 degree Celsius limit scientists agree is needed to keep people safe from the dangers of climate change.  

"Every individual holds the answer to challenging climate change but where cities and regions hold the key is in structuring those individual responses," said Mr Lloyd. "This agreement is a call across the globe for our cities and regions to step up and play their part to tackle climate change."

"Good work is already underway across Greater Manchester to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions so that we can be sure that we are playing our part in meeting global targets on climate change. Signing this Memorandum of Understanding affirms our commitment in Greater Manchester to what we hope will be a truly transformative agreement at the UN
Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year".

 

 

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