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

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Plans in development for local energy network to boost green ambitions in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester has begun work on ambitious plans to revolutionise energy networks across the city-region, supporting a lower carbon future and our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038.

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New University-led energy agency to turn Greater Manchester green

A new Energy Innovation Agency (EIA) to be established between three Greater Manchester universities, local government and industry has been announced today with the aim of kick-starting a decade of clean energy innovation to meet the region’s 2038 carbon neutral target.

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Five councils across Manchester win funding for pioneering renewable energy project

Energy Systems Catapult and five local authorities in Greater Manchester have won funding for a pioneering clean energy project – that will develop 10 renewable schemes across the city – and create a blueprint that can be replicated in other regions across the UK aiming for Net Zero carbon emissions.

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Greater Manchester: A global city region for bird life

James Walsh, aka The Mancunian Birder, writes the Greater Manchester Birding City Region Project flagship article for the virtual Green Summit 2020…

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Are you "Switched on"? Energy efficiency advice aimed at young people

Every one of us is picked up and thrown to the wolves when it comes to our first steps in finding our first new home and setting up an energy account.

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Greater Manchester Goes Green - Green Summit 2020: doing things differently this year

We are delighted to announce that for a third consecutive year, GMCA will be hosting Green Summit 2020 – “Greater Manchester Goes Green”. 

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New online hub of nature-inspired resources launched for families

Environmental charity City of Trees is hoping to inspire children to get out and about in Greater Manchester’s great outdoors with free family activity ideas available to download ahead of the school summer holidays

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Bringing everyone with you: In Conversation with Clean Air Ltd

Will Perrott, MD of Bolton manufacturer Clean Air Ltd, explains how his idea for an in-house ‘environmental committee’ has sparked a company-wide movement to become carbon neutral.

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IGNITION Park Survey

Imagine a greener Greater Manchester. A place that works with nature and where the urban landscape is filled with rain gardens, street trees, green roofs, walls and spaces.  That’s the idea behind IGNITION, a partnership project that aims to create a greener, healthier and more climate resilient future for us all. 

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Towns and cities to work together on home retrofit as calls for green recovery mount

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today marked a major new phase of Accelerator Cities, a project which brings together some of the most ambitious local and combined authorities and other expert stakeholders to drive action to upgrade our draughty, energy-hungry housing stock.

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WWF One Planet City Challenge 2019-2020

Earlier this year, we were pleased to find out that Greater Manchester was one of the three UK cities/councils to have progressed to the international finalist stage of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge Competition for 2019-2020.

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Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan Update

Greater Manchester is calling on Government to support its plans to ‘build back better’ and help to tackle air pollution as the city-region sets out ambitions for a green economic recovery.

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GM Birding City Region Project supporting #30DaysWild!

The Greater Manchester Birding City Region Project is delighted to be taking part in the Lancashire Wildlife Trust “30 Days Wild!” challenge again this year.

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Update from Councillor Andrew Western – Green City Portfolio Lead

In the current COVID crisis, our attentions are rightly focused on supporting vulnerable citizens, key workers and local businesses through the pandemic. In the longer term, other global challenges, such as climate change, will still need to be faced.

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The Perfect Ten – Bird species selected to represent each of Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs

The Greater Manchester Birding City Region project has selected a bird to represent each of the ten boroughs.

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Greater Manchester’s Pilot Scheme to Restore Vital Peatland

A new pathfinding peatland restoration pilot has been launched in Greater Manchester. The programme explains how local stakeholders can work together to improve the condition of English peatlands to help wildlife, people and the planet – now and into the future. 

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Greener City Citizen Survey

The RHS, Groundwork and City of Trees are working together to ask everyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in Greater Manchester to share their thoughts with the project by filling in a short survey.  

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RESTORING RIVERS THE NATURAL COURSE WAY

Work has taken place on Eagley Brook in Bolton to remove a weir, marking another step in the journey of improving rivers and waterbodies across the North West of England for Natural Course. 

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Greater Manchester Birding City Region Book

Book available now, online and free On Borrowbox via Greater Manchester Libraries.

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Bess and Bailey: the story behind the horse and fox on Rochdale Canal

The story started quite a while ago when Juliette Hamilton met Dave Barlow, who is the senior policy officer for green infrastructure & biodiversity in the city policy team of Manchester City Council. 

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The Great Energy Escape

The Great Energy Escape is a quick-fire interactive puzzle game, designed to take players through a narrative journey that frames an educational experience centred around climate change.

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North’s LEPs unite behind future energy and clean growth opportunities

Business groups and local authorities across the North have increased efforts to lobby the new Government and international investors to get behind the region’s energy and clean growth potential.

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Exploring opportunities to decarbonise Trafford Park

‘Exploring opportunities to decarbonise Trafford Park’, free event taking place on Wednesday 9 October at Lancashire Cricket Club from 9:30 - 15:30.

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Community led initiative to help Greater Manchester residents boost local renewable energy generation

Greater Manchester residents are coming together as a community to create a group-buying scheme for solar panels on their homes.

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Global Climate Change protests - Free lunch and learn event

Against the backdrop of melting glaciers and extensive fires in the Amazon, this Friday people in over 1,000 cities across the globe will be protesting for action on climate change. Manchester is taking part with events across the city.

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GMCA appoints SUEZ as new contractor for Greater Manchester’s waste and resources management services

GMCA appoints SUEZ as new contractor for Greater Manchester’s waste and resources management services, for management of 1.1 million tonnes of municipal waste arising from nearly 2.3 million residents across nine metropolitan districts of Greater Manchester.

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Conversations About Resilience: The Manchester Garden

As the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show are dismantled and the plants are carefully moved to their new homes, we can look back on a week of conversations about resilience.

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Groundbreaking IGNITION project gets underway in GM

Partners across the city-region have signed a multi-million pound European contract for a project which looks to develop innovative ways of financing natural solutions to deliver resilience to increasingly extreme climate hazards.

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Chance to share views on Greater Manchester’s proposals to tackle health threat of roadside air pollution

Greater Manchester leaders are calling on businesses and residents to help shape proposals to clean up dirty air at the roadside, the most serious environmental health issue facing the city-region.

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Five Year Plan - Playing your part

The Green Summit saw the launch of the 5 Year Environment Plan for Greater Manchester – an ambitious plan setting the action needed to make sure that we make fair contribution to tackling climate change and that we protect and enhance our city region’s natural environment.

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Greater Manchester Green Summit 2019 - Five years in seven hours

In 2018 at the end of the first Greater Manchester Green Summit, Andy Burnham promised the 700+ audience that there would be a second Green Summit, this would launch the region’s pathway to become carbon-neutral.  This summit would be bigger, more focused and more inclusive, welcoming more people through the doors to be part of the big plan.

Local Area Energy Planning: Supporting clean growth and low carbon transition

In a project delivered for the Energy Technologies Institute, Energy Systems Catapult has designed a planning framework to help local government, energy networks and other key local stakeholders prepare for a low carbon future in a cost-efficient and strategic way.

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New technology home heating trails proving a success in GM

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is working with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) on one of the most significant heat pump trials in the UK for domestic homes. 

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Greater Manchester tackling increased flood risk with climate science

A new online profile  on climate change adaptation in Greater Manchester gives an insight into how the city has been working to adapt to the new climate reality.

Salford City Mayor & Chair of Low Carbon Hub Paul Dennett and GM Mayor Tony Lloyd

Life-saving air quality and climate change plans published

Greater Manchester’s leaders have set out the radical, life-saving actions they will take to improve air quality, tackle emissions and reduce the region’s carbon footprint.

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Greater Manchester fights climate change

On November 4th, the historic Paris Agreement will officially enter into force with more than 55 countries accounting for 55% of global emissions joining the Agreement.  Reaching this momentous milestone at such a rapid pace is remarkable, but even more remarkable is the work already happening on the ground in cities around the world to ensure a successful fight against climate change. 

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New kit tested as part of major flood response exercise

Environment Agency teams across England are training with new temporary flood barriers, pumps, vehicles, and drones as part of Exercise Certus, which reached its climax last week. Teams from the Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire office in Warrington are testing the local response, using real time data, practicing our winter readiness and using real-life scenarios to replicate how a flooding incident plays out.

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Greater Manchester Work and Skills Strategy 2016-2019 Consultation

GMCA have a vision that, by 2035, the Greater Manchester city region will be one of the world’s leading regions, driving sustainable growth across a thriving North of England.  It will be ever more productive, innovative, creative, known for the excellent quality of life enjoyed by our residents who are able to contribute to and benefit from the prosperity that growth brings. 

City Mayor Paul Dennett

New Chair for Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub Board

GM Low Carbon Hub is pleased to announce Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, as its new Chair.

Keith Ashcroft – Environment Agency Area Manager Herve Martin – Head of EU Nature and Environment Life Unit Mark Atherton, GM Director of Environment Tony Lloyd, GM Mayor Rory Stewart – Defra Minister Cllr Derek Antrobus – Chair of Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

Greater Manchester Hosts International Water Quality Conference

Greater Manchester Mayor, Tony Lloyd, welcomed Floods Minister Rory Stewart to the region for the opening of an international conference on water quality (24 May 2016). 

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Stockport Sustainable Business Challenge winners announced

The winners of the Stockport Sustainable Business Challenge who will share a £50,000 funding pot have been announced by Stockport Economic Alliance.

Q&A: Julian Packer, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Julian Packer, Low Carbon Investment Director for the GMCA Core Investment Team (CIT), talks to Tina Bugliosi about the role of the PDU and the impact of the ELENA funding.

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