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

Our homes, workplaces and public buildings

Summary of the challenges and opportunities 

We need to reduce CO2 emissions produced by the excessive use of energy, particularly in heating our homes and commercial and public buildings. This will also help residents to live in warm homes which are cheaper to run and healthier to live in and contribute to efforts to reduce fuel poverty in the city region. Achieving this will require owners of existing homes and buildings to make improvements to current levels of insulation to reduce heat loss through the building fabric well beyond the basic measures they might already have in place (e.g. loft insulation, draught proofing). 


Priority 1: Reducing the heat demand from existing homes focussing on initiating a fundamental shift in whole house retrofit by retrofitting homes by 2024. 

Priority 2: Reducing the heat demand from existing commercial and public buildings 

Priority 3: Reducing the heat demand in new buildings 


Priority 1: 

  • Retrofit measures installed at 61,000 homes per year. 

Priority 2: 

  • 22% reduction in heating and cooling demand, with a 10% reduction by 2025. per year.

Businesses and other organisations 

  • Sign up to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings commitment 
  • Measure, report on and improve the operational energy efficiency of premises, coming together within sectors to do so. 
  • Consider greener, more energy efficient premises when current or future contracts require renewal. 
  • Engage with landlords/tenants landowners and tenants over key issues – e.g. data sharing, energy efficiency measures, green energy. 


  • Get the basics right – including LED lighting and draught-proofing 
  • Upgrade your home insulation – loft, cavity wall and draught 
  • Think about whole-house retrofit, particularly if carrying out renovations 

Local policy 

  • Develop a GM retrofit partnership/ accelerator to tackle sector development/skills and access to finance/capacity 
  • Launch a major new drive to raise standards in the private rented sector, including the development of a GM Good Landlord standard. 
  • Investigate encouraging greater energy efficiency through council tax and business rates and other financial vehicles. 
  • Implement a business support programme for energy efficiency 
  • Require zero carbon development by 2028 


Local Authorities 

  • Standardise measurement and reporting of the operational efficiency of their buildings. 
  • GMCA and LAs will aim to obtain an average DEC of rating D or better by 2024 and C or better by 2030 for their public buildings where economically viable. 

Other key partners 

  • Social Housing Providers – commitments to the efficiency of existing homes and to building new homes to net zero carbon in advance of 2028 
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations – continue to work with partners as we develop a GM retrofit partnership focussed on helping people and communities 

Other key partners 

  • Working with us to develop new technology and financial models to make domestic and commercial retrofit at scale a possibility. 
  • Meeting commitments on smart meter roll-out. 
  • Changing the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding to ensure it is more effective at meeting GM’s needs. 


Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership: 

  • Work with partners to include sustainability indicators in their review of buildings 
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