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Manchester City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 10, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2038

“We have set ourselves the aim of making Manchester a zero-carbon city by 2038 or before – at least 12 years earlier than the national 2050 target.”

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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Manchester City Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils.

SectionManchester City CouncilAverage single tier council
Top performer Total score87%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
19/21
10.3/21
Section 2 · Top performer Mitigation and adaptation
18/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
7/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
3/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
4/5
0.9/5
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
5/5
2.3/5
Section 9 · Top performer Ecological emergency
4/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1856.0 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.4 tCO2e

per capita

16.0 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Manchester City Council 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
Liverpool City Council89%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Nottingham City Council87%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council78%Yes2030April 3, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority78%Yes2041June 28, 2019
Salford City Council76%No2038July 17, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority76%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Preston City Council75%No2030April 18, 2019
Sheffield City Council75%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
Glasgow City Council74%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council73%Yes2030June 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Manchester City Council 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
Liverpool City Council88%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Nottingham City Council83%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council82%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Glasgow City Council81%Yes2030May 16, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council77%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Exeter City Council75%Yes2022July 23, 2019
City of London74%Yes2027No
Sheffield City Council74%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham73%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Dundee City Council73%Yes2045June 24, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Manchester City Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Greater Manchester Combined Authority98%Yes2038July 26, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2038March 28, 2019
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council97%Yes2038Nov. 28, 2018
Salford City Council97%No2038July 17, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038Feb. 24, 2020
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2025Sept. 11, 2019
Cheshire East Council (Unitary)93%Yes2025May 22, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Manchester City Council 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
Blackpool Borough Council98%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council96%Yes2030March 10, 2020
Nottingham City Council93%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council93%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Birmingham City Council93%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council93%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2040Jan. 29, 2020
Burnley Borough Council87%No2030July 10, 2019
Salford City Council86%No2038July 17, 2019
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council86%Yes2030Sept. 28, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Manchester City Council 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
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames100%Yes2038June 25, 2019
Leicester City Council100%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
London Borough of Hounslow100%Yes2030No
London Borough of Sutton100%Yes2045July 22, 2019
Luton Borough Council100%Yes2040Jan. 13, 2020
Watford Borough Council100%Yes2030July 9, 2019
London Borough of Barnet100%YesNo targetNo
London Borough of Harrow100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Southampton City Council100%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
Slough Borough Council100%YesNo targetNo

Powers & Responsibilities

Manchester City Council is a Metropolitan District, 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
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000. for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    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
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

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

    More about this council

    manchester.gov.uk
    Manchester City Council’s official homepage.
    @ManCityCouncil
    Manchester City Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Manchester City Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Manchester City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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