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. 

The ambitious twenty-year target has been adopted in response to the international scientific consensus that global carbon emissions must be reduced as rapidly as possible to avoid catastrophic climate change. Manchester's science-based targets include the commitment to releasing a maximum of 15 million tonnes of CO2 between 2018-2100. Our current carbon emissions rate being 2 million tonnes released per year - Manchester's carbon budget will run out by 2025 unless urgent action is taken. 

Areas for action in the draft Framework include improving the energy efficiency of local homes; generating more renewable energy to power buildings; creating well-connected cycling and walking routes, public transport networks and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; plus the development of a 'circular economy', in which sustainable and renewable materials are reused and recycled as much as possible. 

60 pioneer organisations have signed up to play their part in meeting the zero carbon goal including the City Council, Manchester City FC, University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, Electricity Northwest, housing providers, plus representatives of the local arts, faith and healthcare sectors. 

These pioneers are in the process of developing their own individual action plans to show how they will contribute to the city's overall carbon savings by reducing their own emissions and also by encouraging their stakeholders to follow. 

Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport added: "I'm proud that Manchester has put forward the ambitious target of becoming a zero carbon city within 20 years. Only by taking committed action to start reducing emissions now can we play our full part in the international effort to combat climate change, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement."

Work is now ongoing to develop the final Framework and Action Plan 2020-2022 by March 2020, and implement the resources the city requires. 

Papers from the Executive Meeting can be viewed here: