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 will consider this proposal at the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee on the 7th November and the Executive Scrutiny Committee on the 14th November 2018. 


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.