Innovations in technology are giving the power of local energy production to Greater Manchester, allowing the region to make its own decisions on energy infrastructure to create a network that delivers low carbon, affordable energy to residents and businesses.
From investment in cycling and walking infrastructure to public transport reform and research into more sustainable forms of travel utilising advanced materials, Greater Manchester is serious about discovering greener ways to manage transport and travel.
A new Retrofitting Task Force made up of the best minds in energy, education and infrastructure has been established with the goal of upgrading around 60,000 homes across Greater Manchester every year. Measures including renewable energy and heating will reduce fuel poverty, and creates a market of skills and jobs worth around £5bn.
Work is underway to protect and improve the natural environment across Greater Manchester, with exciting developments including the City of Trees initiative and Local Nature Recovery Strategy.
From hydrogen as a new form of energy to graphene as a conductor for electric vehicle batteries, Greater Manchester’s institutions are leading the way with innovative research on the next generation of ideas to power a future green economy.
The Greater Manchester Environment Fund (GMEF), the UK’s first regional environmental impact fund, aims to generate over £100m of funding and investment to align with projects that benefit the environment around Greater Manchester.
The Low Carbon Environmental Goods and Services sector is thriving in Greater Manchester, with over 45,000 people employed, and annual sales of £6.7bn. To meet demands for retrofitting and green projects, new skills will be needed to drive the region’s carbon net zero economy of the future.
Business leaders and key decision makers from across Stockport and South Manchester will gather in October to attend the region’s first One+All Sustainability In Action Summit, ahead of COP26.
A collection of 140 mature trees of 43 different species have arrived in the UK ahead of being moved to their forever home at Manchester’s new Mayfield Park, the city centre’s first new park in 100 years.
300 homes in Newton Heath and Blackley will receive a range of sustainability improvements to save 750 tonnes of carbon a year – while slashing running costs for residents.
Funding support packages secured from Government to prepare commercial vehicles for a new Clean Air Zone launching in Greater Manchester in May 2022.
Two hospitals in Greater Manchester have begun a trial of vehicle to grid charging points to power the transport of vital medication, medical equipment and specimens.
An inventor at the University of Manchester is hoping to revolutionise the food production industry through a new graphene-enhanced system that will cut ‘food miles’ and improve sustainability in farming worldwide.
Rediscovered Victorian brewery to provide Manchester’s new Mayfield Park with sustainable irrigation
Manchester’s first new public park in 100 years will use 19th century wells to provide sustainable irrigation.
A new Retrofit Skills Hub will train and upskill over a thousand people in retrofitting homes and public buildings to meet Greater Manchester’s to be carbon neutral by 2038.
Video sensors will measure the success of walking and cycling schemes, allowing future infrastructure to grow and inform long-term active travel plans.
Plans for the UK’s largest hydrogen fuel hub have advanced, with an application to build a commercial hub due to open in 2023.
A new video animation has been released by Greater Manchester Combined Authority to explain its plans for a new local energy market.
The Science and Industry museum has been awarded £4.3m to decarbonise its site, which is home to Europe’s largest collection of working steam engines.