Huge Investment Highlights Manchester’s Commitment to Being Zero Carbon City

Figures released on Tuesday by Manchester City Council show the city’s £227m commitment trying to reach its 2038 zero carbon goal.

Since the Climate Change Action Plan was launched, the multi-million pound investment has been earmarked to help the council and the city.

This money will be used to try and help reduce emissions across the city through a number of projects such as Mayfield Park, LED street lighting, Civic Quarter Heat Network and many more.

Some projects that have already been rolled out include replacing half of the city’s fleet vehicles (such as waste) with electric ones. There are further plans to replace more as well.

Planting trees, installing West Gorton’s ‘sponge park’ and influencing the city’s stakeholders to decarbonise are some other actions being undertaken.

Manchester City Council

Councillor Tracey Rawlins said: “We can’t not do this, we have no choice, it’s absolutely imperative that we keep driving this agenda.”

Of the £227m investment, £70.1m of that is going to be from the government. Despite that, Cllr Rawlins still challenged them to do more.

She said: “There is still no clear financial commitment where it matters to support us, as residents in making those high-level changes that we need, especially around housing.”

The released figures come a week after the city’s Cultural Impact Survey highlighted many organisations within the city have a plan in progress to reduce carbon emissions.

The Manchester Climate Action Plan was initially published in 2020. The aim of plan is for the city to be zero-carbon by 2038, 12 years ahead of the UK’s overall target.

Listed below is the breakdown of the £227m investment:

  • £109.2m Council funding (this includes investment in LED street lighting, the Civic Quarter Heat Network, Estates Carbon Reduction, purchase of electric refuse collection vehicles, and others). 
  • £70.1m from the UK Government (this includes funding for Mayfield Park, the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, and others).  
  • £35.4m from GMCA (this includes Active Travel and the GM Mayors Challenge Fund). 
  • £4.3m from the European Union (including ERDF funded Unlocking Clean Energy, Horizon 2020 funding for West Gorton Park, URBACT C-Change and Zero Carbon Cities projects and e-cargo bikes). 
  • £4.3m from partners (including One Manchester contribution to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund) 
  • £3.6m from the Manchester Climate Change Agency (including In Our Nature funding from the National Lottery).

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