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Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 26, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2038

“Mission: Urgent action is needed to put Greater Manchester on a path to carbon neutrality by 2038.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 2022

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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SectionGreater Manchester Combined AuthorityAverage combined authority council
Total score58%48%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
9.5/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
15/18
9.4/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/5
2.2/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.0/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
3.0/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
2.6/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
1.1/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
3/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

9250.7 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.2 tCO2

per person

7.2 ktCO2

per km2

39%

Domestic

30%

Transport

15%

Industry

10%

Commercial

6%

Public Sector

0%

Agriculture

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities. Data has been combined from constituent local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Greater Manchester Combined Authority in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Sheffield City Council91%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council90%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council89%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council89%No2038July 17, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority88%Yes2040April 28, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority88%No2038June 27, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council88%No2030Jan. 15, 2019
Salford City Council88%No2038July 17, 2019
Leeds City Council88%No2030March 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Greater Manchester Combined Authority in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
West Midlands Combined Authority94%No2041June 28, 2019
Sheffield City Council94%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council93%No2028July 17, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council92%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Harlow Council92%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Tyneside Council91%No2030July 18, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority91%No2038June 27, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council90%Yes2050No
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Manchester City Council99%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Salford City Council98%No2038July 17, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council97%No2038July 17, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2038March 28, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council96%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2025Sept. 11, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Greater Manchester Combined Authority in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council94%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Mansfield District Council92%No2040March 5, 2019
Sunderland City Council92%Yes2030March 27, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council90%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Wirral Council89%No2030July 15, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority89%No2038June 27, 2019
Derby City Council89%No2050May 23, 2019
South Tyneside Council88%No2030July 18, 2019
Sheffield City Council88%Yes2050Feb. 6, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council88%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Greater Manchester Combined Authority in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority99%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Spelthorne Borough Council99%No2050Oct. 14, 2020
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Torbay Council99%Yes2030June 19, 2019
London Borough of Bromley99%Yes2027No
London Borough of Havering99%YesNo targetNo
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2038March 28, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council99%Yes2030July 10, 2019
South Tyneside Council99%No2030July 18, 2019

Features

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Powers & Responsibilities

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is a Combined Authority, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk
    Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s official homepage.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/greater-manchester-combined-authority/ [Accessed 28 Nov 2022].

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