Belfast and Manchester have both revealed climate change plans, with the latter targeting a 2038 net zero target. Having signed a cities pledge that outlines the actions Manchester will take to meet its environmental targets in its Race to Zero, leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese said the council was taking the climate emergency – which it declared in June 2019 – “extremely seriously”. He added that the 2038 target is “challenging” but one “we are determined the city will succeed”. As part of this, Manchester has committed to follow and endorse the environment principles of the Race to Zero campaign, which is led by the United Nations and at the time of launch brought together a coalition of net zero initiatives and represented 449 cities, 21 regions, 992 businesses, 38 investors and 505 universities. The Net Zero Carbon Roadmap for Belfast, which has been developed by the Belfast Climate Commission, is also to launch alongside the Resilience Strategy. The roadmap’s author Professor Andy Gouldson warned that based only on the fuel and electricity used within its boundaries, “Belfast will use up its share of the carbon budget through to 2050 in just over nine years”, with the roadmap setting out how Belfast can ensure “rapid reductions in carbon emissions, which also fulfils the aim of Belfast’s Resilience Strategy”.
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