The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced his ambitions for making Greater Manchester one of the leading green cities in Europe.
To deliver this, he is announcing a landmark Green Summit to be held in spring 2018. This will be led by an expert panel of some of the brightest environmental minds in the UK, including academics and researchers from the University of Manchester. Members of the public will also be able to contribute views and ideas through an extensive public engagement process.
Andy said: “I want to bring people together to debate if we are doing enough on climate change. By building a low-carbon economy in Greater Manchester, we will put ourselves in a strong position to attract more jobs and investment.
“Greater Manchester absolutely has the knowledge, radical thinking and resources to deliver on this; we’ve a wealth of academic research and practical know-how to tackle this issue head on, if we put our minds to it.”
Leading on this work with Andy is Alex Ganotis, leader of Stockport Council and Greater Manchester’s lead for environmental issues and climate change.
Cllr Ganotis said: “I am incredibly proud to lead this revolutionary project that will transform the lives of people in the city region.
“This will take Greater Manchester to a different level that will rival green cities across the world and make the region much more appealing to prospective investors, doing wonders for the environment and the economy.
“It is very exciting to be working with a panel of experts who will be involved in the public debate to learn the thoughts of both businesses and residents in the region.”
The panel of experts includes specialists from the Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester, environmentalists and businesses, who will lead a public debate on how plans can be developed to achieve carbon neutrality as early as possible.
A public engagement programme will pool together ideas for changing the way we use and generate energy for our homes and workplaces; encouraging more sustainable travel; improving our air quality; making better use of our green spaces; growing our economy; and innovating through low carbon technology.
The Green Summit will take place on Wednesday 14th March 2018.
Audio and video available upon request to Alex Flahive.
To register your interest in taking part in an event or keeping up to date with the Mayor’s Green Summit, please contact the Greater Manchester Environment Team at: LCH@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk
To follow and contribute to the conversation follow #GMGreenCity @MayorofGM and @GMLowCarbonHub on Twitter.
The Panel of Experts includes representative from:
• Tyndall Centre Manchester (University of Manchester)
• Electricity Northwest
• Energy Systems Catapult
• Anthesis Consulting
Andy will be supported by a wider steering group of influential Greater Manchester stakeholders who will help to ensure the widest possible engagement with Greater Manchester’s businesses, organisations, communities and environmental groups:
• Environment Agency
• Friends of the Earth
• Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
• Greater Manchester CVO
• Carbon Coop
• Carbon Literacy Greater Manchester
• Manchester Climate Change Agency
• Wildlife Trust for Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside,
• City of Trees Manchester
• United Utilities
• Creative Concern
• Manchester Solutions
• Sheffield University – Jam and Justice
• Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority
• Transport for Greater Manchester
• Greater Manchester Public Health