Our city’s shared plan to tackle climate change

What's the Plan?

Zero Carbon Manchester 2038

Climate change leaves no corner of the planet untouched and it is clear from the increasing floods, wild fires and other weather related disasters that the effects are taking place right now. In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) released their most pressing report stating that it is not too late to limit global warming to 1.5oC, but it requires urgent action to be taken now.


Shorlty after the IPCC report was published, The Manchester Climate Change Board submitted a proposal to Manchester City Council setting out what the city needs to do to make it’s full contribution to the Paris Agreement.


The Tyndall Centre’s analysis recommends that Manchester should adopt the following targets:


• Only emit a maximum of 15m tonnes CO2 during the period 2018-2100 (our ‘carbon budget’)

• Reduce CO2 emissions by 13%-year-on-year, starting from 2018

• Become a zero carbon city by 2038


Manchester City Council considered the proposal document "Playing Our Full Part" and supporting documents at the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee on the 7th November and the Executive Scrutiny Committee on the 14th November 2018, where the City Council formally adopted and endorsed the 4 proposals below:

Proposal one: Manchester adopts the Tyndall Centre’s proposed targets and definition of zero carbon and includes them formally in the Our Manchester and Manchester City Council policy framework. Namely: a limited carbon budget of 15m tonnes CO2 for 2018-2100; 13% year-on year reductions in CO2 from 2018; zero carbon by 2038.

Proposal two: Manchester recognises that action on climate change is a fundamental part of achieving the city’s 2025 vision and objectives. And by taking urgent action to become a zero carbon city, starting in 2018, we will achieve more benefits for Manchester’s residents and businesses up to 2025 and beyond.

Proposal three: Manchester accelerates its efforts to mobilise all residents, businesses and other stakeholders to take action on climate change, starting in 2018.

Proposal four: Manchester puts in place an action plan and the resources needed to stay within the proposed carbon budget, starting in 2018.


Manchester City Council, The Climate Change  Board and the city's partners and stakeholders will now collaborate to develop a Draft Zero Carbon Manchester 2020-2038 plan.

You can download the proposal with the supporting documents at the bottom of this page. 


Action on climate change is not new to Manchester

The city has been working on climate change mitigation and reducing carbon emissions since 2009. 

You can download previous documents by following the link here.