The newly-established Climate Change Sub Group Scrutiny Committee, (of Manchester City Council) which meets for the first time on Tues 22 October, will receive a number of progress reports. The Council unanimously declared a climate emergency in July and has committed to the goal of reducing the city’s climate emissions to zero by 2038, or earlier if possible – at least 12 years ahead of the current national target. While the council has successfully cut its own emissions by 48.1% since 2009/10 – exceeding an original target of 41% – we need to go further. Work is underway on an ambitious action plan for the first five years, 2020-2025, which will set out how the council aims to halve its own emissions (which account for about two per cent of the whole city’s) in that period and how the city as a whole can achieve the same target. With time tight, the first five years will need to see the steepest reductions. The final version of the action plan, which will be approved by the Council’s Executive in March 2020, will be considered alongside similar plans from a range of partner organisations which together account for about 20 per cent of the city’s carbon emissions.
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