Greater Manchester Green City Region. Creating a greener, greater city region differently

Our energy supply

Summary of the challenges and opportunities

We need to reduce CO2 emissions that are produced by the energy we to power our transport and heat and power our buildings, shifting away from fossil fuels to renewable sources. There are challenges for our electricity infrastructure associated with this shift to renewable electricity generation, low carbon heating and electric vehicles. Through the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, standards for new buildings and developments will be set, but we still need to increase renewable energy generation and low carbon heating in existing homes and buildings. To do this, residents will need support to help make the right decisions, making sure everyone can benefit from these changes.


  1. ​Increasing local renewable electricity generation, adding at least a further 45MW by 2024

  2. Decarbonising how we heat out buildings, adding at least a further 10TWh of low carbon heating by 2024

  3. Increasing the diversity and flexibility of our supply, adding at least a further 45MW of diverse and flexible load by 2024


Priority 1: “SCATTER GM” pathway 2040:

  • 50% of all households have the equivalent of a 16m2 solar PV system, with an additional 5.5km2 on commercial rooftops or in ground-mounted installations 

  • 550 on-shore wind turbines delivering around 3.4TWh/ year (by 2050)

  • x4.5 increase in current biomass capacity delivering around 4TWh/year

Priority 2: “SCATTER GM” pathway 2040:

  • Phasing out gas boilers so that they account for less han 35% of home heating, with 60% of all heating (domestic and commercial) supplied by low carbon heating.



  • Walk and cycle for short journeys

  • Use public transport for longer journeys
  • Cut costs, congestion, parking problems and pollution by sharing a car with a colleague or friend.
  • Switch off your engine when at a standstill.
  • Buy an electric car – if you do, make sure you are on the right electricity tariff

Local policy

  • Implement the 2040 Transport Strategy Delivery Plan, including in the next 5 years:

  • Implementing the Mayor’s Challenge Fund for walking and cycling

  • Implementing a “Streets for All” approach to street design and management.
  • Expanding and promoting the city region’s Electric Vehicle charging network and aim to complete the businesses case for further expansion.
  • Continue to develop a Full Business Case of proposals to reduce NO2 exceedances to submit to government by the end of 2019. Subject to approval and sufficient government funding being received as a result, measures will then be implemented as set out in the Full Business Case.
  • Implementing a programme to retrofit existing buses to reduce emissions (subject to funding).
  • Assessing and developing a roadmap to deliver a zero emission bus fleet
  • Assessing and developing a roadmap to reduce freight emissions and support modal shift.
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