Greater Manchester has set out ambitions to become a carbon neutral city region within the next 20 years, and transport will play an important part.
The plans were announced by originally announced by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, at a Green Summit event in Salford back in March; he outlined how Greater Manchester is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2038 – 12 years ahead of the government’s targets.
And now, these ambitions have been boosted by the Whole System Smart Energy Plan which outlines a programme of “concerted activity” over the next half decade that will focus on decarbonising heat and energy generation.
It aims to deliver sustainable clean energy growth that is economically viable to communities, businesses and households across the region.
In the Whole System Smart Energy Plan’s vision, there are a number of areas of focus, with innovation, smart systems and integration across four priority areas.
Transport is one of these areas, with the target of accelerating the introduction of low carbon vehicles; a target is in place for 200,000 of these vehicles to be on the region’s roads by 2025.
Elsewhere, energy generation and storage; decarbonisation of heat generation; and diversity and flexibility of the city region’s generated energy are all priorities.
Transport will be vital though, given statistics from 2018 which highlighted just how serious an issue pollution is across Greater Manchester.
By introducing more low carbon vehicles, it will help Greater Manchester become carbon neutral.
And the Mayor said: “Greater Manchester wants to be carbon neutral by 2038.
“We recognise that a coordinated approach is required to ensure that we successfully move to low carbon cost effectively.
“Our plans are the UK’s first science-based commitment for a city region like ours, and one of the first of its kind globally.”
Greater Manchester’s ambitions follow in the footsteps of the likes of Glasgow and Edinburgh, who have both outlined their plans in this regard.