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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.