Partner Cities


Manchester is a member of a number of groups, networks and projects to enable us to share knowledge and best practice with a wide range of partner cities. Our participation helps us to learn from others who are ahead of us in certain areas, and also to share our work where it can help our partners to accelerate their progress. Manchester is a member of the following initiatives:


Greater Manchester

Manchester is one of the ten districts of the Greater Manchester city-region. A range of groups exist to support the delivery of the Greater Manchester Environment Plan 2019-24. Manchester City Council is Manchester's main representative in these groups. Manchester Climate Change Agency is a member of the Greater Manchester Five-year Environment Plan Forum. 



  • Core Cities: Manchester is one of the 11 members of the Core Cities network, whose mission is to 'unlock the full potential of our great cities to create a stronger, fairer economy and society'. Climate change is one of Core Cities' priorities. 



  • Eurocities: Manchester is a member of Eurocities, a network of over 140 of Europe's largest cities and 45 partner cities. Eurocities creates a platform for cities to share knowledge and exchange ideas, and influence EU institutions to respond to common issues that affect the day-to-day lives of European citziens. Manchester Climate Change Agency represents the city on the Eurocities Climate Change Strategy Roundtable.
  • Zero Carbon Cities project: the EU-funded Zero Carbon Cities project has been developed to support seven European cities to develop science-based climate change targets and SECAPs (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans), in line with the Paris Agreement. The project is led by Manchester City Council and will be delivered during 2020-22. Our partner cities are: Bistrita (Romania), Frankfurt (Germany), Modena (Italy), Tartu (Estonia), Vilvoorde (Belgium), and Zadar (Croatia).   
  • GrowGreen project: the GrowGreen project is supporting six European cities to develop and implement citywide strategies to deliver nature-based solutions. GrowGreen is being led by Manchester City Council, supported by Manchester Climate Change Agency, during 2017-22. It includes a best practice demonstration project at West Gorton in East Manchester. It also includes knowledge exchange with one of Manchester's sister cities, Wuhan in China, based on their 'Sponge Cities' programme. Our European partner cities are: Brest (France), Modena (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Wroclaw (Poland), and Zadar (Croatia). 



  • City-Business Climate Alliance: CBCA is an initiative run by C40, CDP and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to support cities and businesses to collaborate for ambitious climate action. Manchester is one of eight 'Cohort Cities' selected to participate in the first phase of CBCA, during 2020-23. As well as supporting work inside Manchester the project will also enable us to share knowledge with our other Cohort Cities: Dallas (USA), Durban (South Africa), Lisbon (Portugal), New York (USA), Stockholm (Sweden), Tel Aviv (Israel), and Vancouver (Canada).