The event, hosted at the Bright Building on Manchester Science Park, was attended by representatives of leading Greater Manchester businesses, brought together by pro-manchester’s Green Economy sector group.

Participants heard from representatives of some of the region’s leading businesses, including United Utilities, Peel, Bruntwood and Skanska, about how and why they are choosing to invest in the natural environment and the benefits they are delivering not only for the businesses, but for wider society and the environment.

Participants discussed the barriers preventing greater investment in the natural environment, such as the lack of a clear, consistent methodology for valuing and accounting for it; and the absence of a city-wide vision to stimulate a sense of ownership amongst the people who live and work in the area.

The outputs from the listening events will feed into the Green Summit in March, which will bring together environmental experts, interest groups, partner agencies, academics and local people to establish a ‘green charter’, accelerate Greater Manchester’s green ambitions, and explore the earliest possible milestones for achieving carbon neutrality.

A full write up of the event together with outputs is available via by clicking here.

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