Decarbonising Consumption in Manchester’s COVID-19 Recovery event

While the COVID-19 crisis has increased pressures on national resources and added urgent threats to public health, it has also provided a unique opportunity to rethink our priorities and approaches. 

Cities like Manchester, with an import-based economy, outsource a large amount of their carbon emissions to areas where goods and services are produced. It is estimated that the consumption-based footprint for Manchester is at least 1.5 times larger than its production-based footprint. 

Dr Jana Wendler and Dr Joe Blakey have published a report ‘Decarbonising Consumption in Manchester’s Covid-19 Recovery.’ The report highlights 6 ‘Big Picture’ messages which can guide a climate orientated recovery from Covid-19, focusing on making consumption-based carbon reduction a key part of Manchester’s recovery strategy.

During a free online event, held on 20th April, researchers, students, residents and Manchester’s MPs discussed sustainable economic recovery plans and answered questions relating to decarbonising Manchester. 


Speakers included:

Dr Joe Blakey - Lecturer in Human Geography, The University of Manchester

·       Dr Chris Jones, Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester

·       Dr Jo Mylan - Lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

·       Dr Claire Hoolohan - Presidential Research Fellow, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation

We'll also be joined by:

·       Jeff Smith MP, Withington

Charlotte Tame, Environmental Governance masters student at Manchester University, will be introducing the research at the event.

We will share the recording of our event on our twitter when uploaded to Youtube.

You can read Dr Joe Blakey and Dr Jana Wendler's report here.