The Council and democracy Climate Change Action Plan - Progress Update Q4 Jan to Mar 2021

Introduction and progress report headlines

This report sets out the latest progress against delivery of Manchester City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) 2020-25.

  • All activity described in this report relates to the period in which the report is issued; January to March 2021
  • Emissions data relates to the previous quarter due to lags in billing and data monitoring; October to December 2020. 

Key Achievements:

  • £19.1m secured from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) to support heat decarbonisation, energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in 11 Council buildings
  • Carbon Literacy ‘Silver’ status awarded to the Council by the Carbon Literacy Project
  • The ‘sponge park’ in West Gorton was tested by Storm Christoph and its nature-based flood alleviation measures proved effective at diverting excess rainwater into its swales
  • Procurement of a maintenance contract for Northwards Housing included the 10% environmental weighting and will support energy/cost savings for residents as well as minimising the carbon footprint of the service. 

New Risks and Issues:

  • The PSDS funded works need to be completed by September 2021 and this short timeframe will be extremely challenging for the Council (legal contracting and programme management services) as well as for the supply chain (£1bn of PSDS funds being deployed nationally over the same timeframe
  • The number of people trained in carbon literacy may be affected by recent voluntary severance and early retirement agreements; a review of in-house training resources  or carbon literacy is underway. A clear picture from both should be available next quarter
  • Delays in the Civic Quarter Heat Network may create delays in the associated carbon savings being implemented. A review will be undertaken next quarter to identify any impact
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted broadly on delivery of the Climate Change Action Plan causing potential delays to planned carbon savings. A review will be  undertaken next quarter to reschedule when savings will be implemented.

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