Climate Change Call to Action
Building on the commitments made in the Principles paper, the City Council's Executive Committee approved the Climate Change Call to Action in January 2009. The Call to Action describes a new way of thinking about climate change, which fits in the context of Manchester's Community Strategy and describes how taking early action on climate change can deliver an even better city in which to live and work.
The Call to Action describes the need to make deep cuts in Manchester's emissions, by at least one-third of current emissions, by 2020. Doing so will:
- Improve the city's competitiveness and strengthen its economy
- Bring new opportunities for existing city businesses and create jobs
- Transform and modernise its infrastructure
- Assist the regeneration of run-down parts of the city
- Enhance its programme of creating neighbourhoods of choice, and
- Enhance social mobility and quality of everyday life
In order to start to mainstream climate change action, nine 'catalytic' actions will be delivered. These actions will not of themselves achieve deep cuts in carbon emissions but they will give rise to the mainstream understanding, partnerships, vision and capacity across Manchester needed to hit the target of a reduction of in excess of one million tones, while securing economic and other advantage, and to be ahead of the curve. The actions are:
- World-leading neighbourhood regeneration that will be internationally recognised for socially, economically and environmentally sustainable place-making.
- Retrofitting Manchester's Town Hall to improve its energy efficiency.
- A business alliance for climate change action.
- Low carbon energy infrastructure through working with AGMA and the forthcoming Climate Change Agency.
- Low Carbon Communities within each existing regeneration area, that will enable residents to cut energy costs.
- A climate-change ready Local Development Framework.
- Establishing a Manchester Prize, attracting cutting edge designers and architects from across the world to turn the City into a living laboratory for climate change solutions.
- Greening the city through working with the University of Manchester on the i-Trees project to create a green corridor along Oxford Road by planting more trees and installing green roofs and façades.
- Supporting Manchester Airport to be a green Airport and achieving its aim for the site to be carbon neutral for energy use and vehicle fuel by 2015.
A detailed plan for how carbon reductions of in excess of one million tonnes will be achieved will be published to coincide with the United Nations climate change meeting in Copenhagen, later in 2009.