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Our Faith, Our Planet, Our Action Conference 2019

 

This week Manchester Cathedral hosted the annual Our Faith Our Planet Our Action Conference, which saw the coming together of people across all faiths and communities to discuss ongoing and future action towards climate change within Manchester. 

 

The evening started with a wonderful selection of food supplied by Open Kitchen MCR, a waste food social enterprise, which transforms food into delicious meals and snacks, that would have otherwise gone to waste.

 

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Manchester Climate Change Conference 2019 - A Call To Action!

On Monday 8th July we welcomed a record number of approximately 200 attendees to the University of Manchester’s North Campus for our annual Climate Change Conference. People from across the city joined together to discuss climate change within Manchester, and over 20 organisations came to discuss how they were helping Manchester to achieve its zero carbon targets, and what their plans are for the future. 

 

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Adaptation actions in cities: what works?

A recent report by the Committee on Climate Change has featured Manchester's strong levels of activity around climate change adaptation alongside other UK cities such as London, Liverpool and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, profiling some of Manchester’s major climate adaptation projects; Grow Green, Water Resilient Cities (now IGNITION) and Manchester Climate Change Agency.

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Manchester joins the Call to the European Council for Action!

Manchester proudly is one of 210 European mayors representing 62 million individuals calling on the European Council to agree to a path to net-zero emissions by 2050 when they meet at the Sibiu Summit on 9th May, for climate action for a greener, safer and more inclusive future for Europe.

Read the open letter below.

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Manchester Climate Change Conference 2019!

We have around 12 years left to take action and drastically cut our reliance on fossil fuels to mitigate global warming and keep temperature rises to a maximum of 1.5ºC to 2ºC. 

 

In support of this Manchester committed to stay within a 15 million tonne carbon budget. The good news is that there is already great work happening across Manchester, but we now need to accelerate action at every level. A combined effort is needed from everyone in the city - our residents, businesses, visitors, as well as politicians and policy makers. 

 

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Engaging with University students about MCCA's role in Zero Carbon Manchester 2038

Speaking with Geography students from the University of Manchester yesterday, Jonny described how MCCA's experience in how stake-holder based approaches come together to govern the climate in Manchester, and the importance of this contribution to realising the potential for change towards urban sustainability. 

See the lecture below for more details.

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Energy Efficiency Grants Available for SMEs in Greater Manchester!

SME's in Greater Manchester may be eligible for a grant between £1,000 to £12,500 from the GC Business Growth Hub, to help with energy efficiency improvements. 

Both large and small scale grants are available for a limited time only. 

See the flyer below for further details on grants available and how to apply. 

 

 

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Manchester City Council endorses Draft Zero Carbon Framework 2020-2038

On 13th March 2019, Manchester City Council fully endorsed the draft Zero Carbon Framework 2020-2038, outlining how Manchester can meet its aim to being a zero carbon city by 2038. 

The draft Zero Carbon Framework was produced by Manchester Climate Change Board and Agency, following the proposal to meet a 2038 target, set back in November 2018. This was based on research carried out by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, based at the University of Manchester. 

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MCCA responds to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

MCCA has responded to the GMSF consultation focussing on:

  • Question 29 "Do you agree with the proposed policy on Carbon and Energy?"
  • Question 36 "Do you agree with the proposed policy on supporting long-term economic growth?"

The copy of our response is available below. 

 

 

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Playing Our Full Part - Zero Carbon 2038 Proposal

This year's news headline reports of devastating floods, wild fires and other related disasters from around the world show that the effects of climate change are happening right now, and it seems that there is no corner of the planet left untouched. In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) released their most pressing report to date, stating that it is not too late to limit global warming to 1.5oC, but it requires urgent action to be taken now.

 

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