Zero Carbon Cities Project Kick-off 26-27th September 2019

Last November 2018 we helped Manchester to set new climate change targets in line with the Paris Agreement and the latest science: a 15 million tonne 'carbon budget' for 2018-22, at least 13% reductions in CO2 every year (now at least 13.5% to take account of lack of progress in 2018), and zero carbon by 2038, at the latest.


Our priority now: action!


To help us in that work Manchester has partnered with six cities from across the EU to help us all set the right Paris-aligned targets, and get to work with the urgent business of meeting them: Manchester (lead), Bistrita (Romania), Frankfurt (Germany), Modena (Italy), Tartu (Estonia), Vilvoorde (Belgium), Zadar (Croatia). We're also very pleased to be working with Kinga Kovacs and Claire Roumet from Energy Cities, colleagues with a wealth of experience in supporting cities to take ambitious action on climate change.


As well as getting it right in our cities we have an even bigger ambition - to establish a new methodology for city target-setting and action planning that can be adopted by cities across the EU, through the Covenant of Mayors initiative. Almost 10,000 cities are now signed up to the Covenant, committing them to action on climate change. It's a fantastic initiative, helping to mobilise EU-wide action over the last 10 years (Manchester was one of the first signatories, in 2009). But we think it could and should be even better - helping cities to set and meet science-based, Paris-aligned targets.


'Zero Carbon Cities' is a two and a half year project, funded by the European Union's 'URBACT' programme. 


We'll be publishing regular updates on this website, the project website when it's up and running (on and on our Twitter feed @zccities.   


In the meantime you can find out more about the project and the partner cities in this 7-minute video from our kick-off meeting in Manchester on 26-27th September 2019.