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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

9958.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.5 tCO2

per person

7.8 ktCO2

per km2

12%

Commercial

38%

Domestic

15%

Industry

5%

Public Sector

30%

Transport

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
Derby City Council91%No2050May 23, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Salford City Council90%No2038July 17, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council90%No2038July 17, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council89%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Wirral Council89%No2030July 15, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council88%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council88%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Wolverhampton City Council87%No2028July 17, 2019
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council86%NoNo targetJuly 6, 2020

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
Bath and North East Somerset Council93%Yes2030March 14, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council93%No2028July 17, 2019
Worcester City Council92%No2030July 16, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council91%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Salford City Council91%No2038July 17, 2019
Derby City Council90%No2050May 23, 2019
South Tyneside Council90%No2030July 18, 2019
Fareham Borough Council90%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Bracknell Forest Council88%Yes2050No
Canterbury City Council88%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Manchester City Council98%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 Council96%No2038July 17, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council96%No2038March 28, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2030Aug. 29, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2038Feb. 24, 2020
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2025Sept. 11, 2019
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2038July 17, 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
Newport City Council98%Yes2030Nov. 23, 2021
Mansfield District Council97%No2040March 5, 2019
Norwich City Council96%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council96%No2037July 16, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council96%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council95%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority95%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
West Yorkshire Combined Authority95%No2038June 27, 2019
Derby City Council94%No2050May 23, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2040June 10, 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
Belfast City Council100%YesNo targetOct. 1, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Sunderland City Council100%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority100%Yes2040April 28, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority100%No2041June 28, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Wirral Council99%No2030July 15, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council99%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Glasgow City Council99%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council99%No2025Sept. 11, 2019

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

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 27 Jun 2022].

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