The heading today is an appalling example of that desperate need to alliterate but probably an improvement on my alternative for today, Danish Invasion 2.
Going back to yesterday, particularly as today is slightly less interesting, the Town Hall is full of people from a whole range of different backgrounds but with one purpose, to discuss Manchester ( the City not the Council )'s draft Climate Change Action Plan. After short introductory speeches from the three Richards ( Cowell, Executive Member for the Environment, Leese, that's me, and Sharland, head of Environmental Strategy ) most of the day is spent in very lively and enthusiastic workshops. The target for CO2 savings by 2020 has been revised upwards to 41% of the 2005 figure, amounting to around 1.25million tonnes per annum. Don't know how we're going to do it yet but tackling climate change is not an optional extra. At lunchtime I host the all-party Danish Parliament's Social Affairs Committee who are here for a couple of days to look at the successful work that has been done in Manchester by local communities working with the police and the council to tackle issues of young people, guns and gangs. Amazing that Danish parliamentarians know about and recognise what UK parliamentarian Chris Grayling doesn't. Later it's back to transport, talking to a student doing a dissertation on TIF, and that theme continues into this morning as I do a catch-up on the High-Speed Rail campaign which has been active at all the party conferences. Later there are meetings about Manchester:Knowledge Capital and innovation, and the recruitment of a new Chief Exec for CityCo, and hopefully in between a chance to do some very overdue replies to some correspondence.