The Mayor of the Greater Manchester region has committed to making the city carbon neutral by 2040.
Andy Burnham set out his proposals at the Green Summit in Greater Manchester, during which he outlined the ambitions to cut emissions in the city.
The UK target by 2050 is to be at 80 – 90% of the 1990 levels and at the inaugural summit, Mr Burnham expressed his belief that it is an ambition that needs to be realised in the face of global climate challenges.
He said: “A carbon neutral city region needn’t be some far off ambition. The reality is that we can’t afford to wait; climate change is happening now.”
The proposals set out to help achieve this ambition include moving to an emissions-free bus fleet and doubling the number of electric vehicle charging points in the city.
In order to achieve the latter, the Mayor of Greater Manchester wants to establish a public sector-led commercial model for the electric vehicle charging network. If this is to happen this year, as is the ambition, the the capacity could be doubled.
For the bus fleet, the Mayor would like to speed up the process by giving Mayors new bus powers that will accelerate the move to an emissions-free fleet.
Doubling the number of electric charge points is something that could see councils rely more on electric vehicles for their waste needs; there are local authorities throughout the country who have increased the number of electric vehicles they use for waste management, and the proposals from the Mayor of Greater Manchester could see the same thing happen in the north west.
Andy Burnham said: “The sooner we start making these changes and take that leap, the sooner we can start to see the rewards – cheaper running costs for our transport fleets, a healthier population and a thriving green economy on our doorstep.
“Greater Manchester is going to lead the way for others as we move towards a cleaner, greener future.”