Manchester City Council spells out five-year action plan to halve emissions. Manchester City Council hopes to approve a new action plan that would commit to halving the council’s carbon footprint by 2025, in assistance with the city’s wider ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2038. The five-year Climate Change Action Plan sets out the measures the Council will introduce to reduce carbon emissions from its buildings, energy use and transport by 50% by 2025. The plan will go before the Council’s Executive for final approval next Wednesday (11 March). According to the Council, 1,800 tonnes of carbon can but cut by retrofitting as many of the 350 building’s in its estate as possible. A further 3,000 tonnes can be reduced through the second phase of this action plan. A large-scale clean energy generation scheme that includes onsite solar and wind generation on council land, buildings and sites will save an estimated 7,000 tonnes, while a shared underground heating system connected to the Town Hall and other buildings will deliver annual carbon savings of 1,600 tonnes. The Council will also plan to convert half of its refuse collection vehicles that are reaching end-of-life with 27 new electric vehicles (EVs). It is estimated this will cost £9.95m and will save 900 tonnes of carbon annually. Increasing the number of EVs and reducing staff travel will deliver a combined reduction in carbon emissions of 500 tonnes. Finally, the continued replacement of city street lighting with LED replacements, which is in its final stage, will save more than 220 tonnes annually. Manchester City Council will also implement measures to remove carbon from the atmosphere by supporting the Manchester Tree Action Plan, which is set out to plant 1,000 new trees, 1,000 new hedge trees and four community orchards a year.
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