Manchester Climate Change Framework Becomes Formal Policy




The Manchester Climate Change Partnership has today hailed the Council's endorsement of the Manchester Climate Change Framework 2020-25 as a ‘clear moment of international leadership for Manchester’ and ‘a big step towards limiting the impacts of climate change and create a healthy, green, socially just city where everyone can thrive’.


The Framework outlines a citywide action plan to reduce direct carbon emissions – those from homes, workplaces and transport systems across the city – by 50% over the next five years while preparing Manchester to deal with the impacts of climate change, improve the health and well-being of the population, and keep the city growing. It breaks new ground for any UK city by containing a clear and firm commitment to ensure emissions from Manchester Airport are aligned with the Paris Agreement, alongside a pledge to tackle indirect emissions.


The Framework’s endorsement comes on the same day local leaders rubber stamped the City Council’s plan to cut its own direct emissions by 50% in the same five-year period.  


Based on research from the world-leading Tyndall Centre at Manchester University, the Framework moves Manchester along the path to becoming zero carbon by 2038 – twelve years ahead of the 2050 national target which became law last year.


Manchester’s direct emissions pump around 2.1 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere each year. 30% of these emissions come from homes, 32% from transport, and 38% from non-domestic sites across the city (public sector sites including hospitals and council buildings, industry, offices, shops, cafés, restaurants, bars, etc).  These emissions need to come down to around 1 million tonnes per year by 2025, before being phased out completely by 2038. 


Jonny Sadler, Programme Director for the Manchester Climate Change Agency, said:

"This is a big moment. The Framework sets out what we need to do to transform our homes and workplaces, to take pollution out of our communities, to make walking, cycling and public transport the easiest and cheapest ways to move around the city. The City Council endorsing the Framework is a big step towards limiting the impacts of climate change and creating a healthy, green, socially just city where everyone can thrive.  Alongside publishing their own action plan, this is a clear statement from the City Council on how serious they are about tackling the climate emergency.  


This is a clear moment of international leadership for Manchester. Meeting our targets won’t be easy, but we know what we need to do. The Manchester Climate Change Agency will give our all to get every community, every school, every organisation and every Government department together on this journey, focused on making Manchester one of the first zero carbon cities in the world."


Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for Environment, Manchester City Council said:

“Time is running out to take steps to limit the worst impacts of climate change.  The council's action plan, and the citywide climate change framework, represents a practical and urgent response to this pressing challenge. It also recognises that there are real opportunities too - to do things in a cleaner, greener way which will benefit the health and wellbeing of people in the city. Rising to those challenges is not something either the Council or the Partnership can do in isolation. Manchester playing its full part means collective action. It won’t be easy but today is an important moment.” 


Lord Deben, Chair of the UK Climate Change Committee, said:

“Net zero is law, and it is coming whether cities like it or not – it is the only way we can rise to the challenges that climate change is creating for us. Manchester clearly understands that, in dealing with climate change, we can both avert disaster and become healthier, happier and more prosperous. I applaud the Manchester Climate Change Partnership and Manchester City Council for their bold, clear and unified purpose. I hope other cities in the UK and around the world can match Manchester’s ambition.”


Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES:

"Manchester’s acknowledgement in its new climate strategy that cities must play their full part in limiting the impacts of climate change is absolutely right. Cities are also the link to people that will help ensure the green transition is socially just, leaving no one behind. Without cities and without people on board, global climate goals cannot be achieved. The knowledge and experience of cities like Manchester must be taken on board in the development of national and EU climate mitigation and adaption policies - so that we clear a pathway towards a climate neutral Europe by 2050."


Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, said:

“I’m delighted to see Manchester step forward again and show such leadership on climate change.  Halving emissions won’t be easy, but if this framework is implemented in full families and businesses across Manchester will see their energy bills come down, and public transport will be better and cheaper. Our streets will be greener and the air we breathe will be cleaner. I welcome the work done by the Manchester Climate Change Partnership and welcome the council’s decision to back the framework, and I’ll work with both to make this happen."