Striving towards a greener Europe is a new article published that looks at Climate adaptation and energy transition in urban areas. The article is part of a series based on the 14 partnerships of the Urban Agenda for the EU.
Manchester has been leading at the intersection of culture and climate for over a decade. Pioneers from the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) have modelled a city-wide approach to collaborative action that has had a significant influence, not just in the UK, but internationally.
Local Pacts - How Municipalities create their own COP21 was published by EnergyCities. The comparative study outlines PACTS (Participatory Agreement for the Climate Transition) as a process that aims to translate the Paris Agreement at a city level. Its objective is to set a precise strategy on a territory to reach neutrality by 2050.
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.
Manchester’s Climate Change Framework sets out the city’s commitments for 2020-25. Alongside reducing our CO2 emissions, the Framework recognises that the climate is changing and that Manchester needs to take action to respond. The Framework sets out the following high-level objective:
“To adapt the city’s buildings, infrastructure and natural environment to the changing climate and to increase the climate resilience of our residents and organisations.”
The CBCA provides the most ambitious city and business leaders with a platform to convene, set joint commitments, co-create, and eventually implement projects that help cities deliver on their Climate Action Plans in line with the Paris Agreement.
The Global Network currently consists of 20 cities, and aims to engage 100 cities by 2025.
The Net-Zero Infrastructure Industry Coalition has warned that national regulation on its own is ‘too blunt an instrument’ and has called for stronger local decision-making if the UK is to achieve its ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Coalition’s report, A place-based approach to net-zero, has identified current systemic barriers that need to be overcome if cities are to have a critical role in the national drive for net-zero.
Leaders from Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, and Cheshire and Warrington sub-region joined business groups and energy infrastructure providers to outline net zero goals at the Net Zero Launch Event: The Road to Cop26. The North West is the first UK region to have a cohesive vision to reach net zero by at least 2040, including development of an energy masterplan.
“Doing Zero” a climate action collaboration between communities in Manchester and the Kenyan capital Nairobi, has been selected by the British Council as a creative commission in the build-up to the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference that is taking place in Glasgow in November.