Our city’s shared plan to tackle climate change

Our Objectives and Targets

 

Our objectives and targets cover two aspects of climate change:

1) Zero carbon: reducing our CO2 emissions

2) Adapting and increasing our resilience to the changing climate

 

We set them based on analysis and recommendations from experts in climate change science. This is to ensure that Manchester's commitments are in line with the latest science and the Paris Agreement. The Manchester Zero Carbon Advisory Group was established in 2019 to help us do this. A Manchester Climate Adaptation and Resilience Advisory Group will also be established during 2020.

 

1) Zero carbon: reducing our CO2 emissions

 

Manchester is responsible for three main types of CO2 emissions: 

  • Direct CO2 emissions
  • Indirect / consumption-based CO2 emissions
  • Aviation

 

Direct CO2 emissions

 

Our 'direct' CO2 emissions come from the city's buildings and transport. 

 

Our current targets for direct CO2 emissions were adopted by Manchester City Council in November 2018, on behalf of the city: 

  • Emit only 15 million tonnes CO2 during 2018-2100 – our ‘carbon budget’
  • Reduce emissions by at least 13% year-on-year
  • Become a zero carbon city by 2038, at the latest 

 

Further details on the target-setting work in 2018 are available here. We're also currently reviewing our direct emissions CO2 targets, to ensure we're still in line with the latest science. The review will be complete by end-February 2020. Further information is available here.

 

Indirect / consumption-based CO2 emissions

 

Our 'indirect' or 'consumption-based' CO2 emissions come from the products, materials and services that we use here in Manchester but which are produced / originate outside the city. For example from the electronics, furniture, clothing, construction materials, manufacturing vehicles, and other products we use.

 

Manchester doesn't have a formal set of objectives or targets for our 'indirect' or 'consumption-based' CO2 emissions, although we have already recognised it's an area we need to tackle. This recognition is set out in the Draft Manchester Zero Carbon Framework 2020-38.

 

Work is underway in early-2020 to develop a set of objectives and targets for our 'indirect' or 'consumption-based' CO2 emissions. This work will be complete by end-February 2020. Further information is available here.

 

Aviation Emissions

 

As with our indirect / consumption-based emissions, Manchester has not yet formally set objectives or targets for emissions from the city's aviation activities, although they were recognised as an area we need to tackle. This recognition is set out in the Draft Manchester Zero Carbon Framework 2020-38.

 

Work is underway in early-2020 to develop a set of objectives and targets for our aviation emissions. This work will be complete by end-February 2020. Further information is available here.

 

 

 

2) Adapting to and Increasing Our Resilince to the Changing Climate

 

This is an area where further work is required to set specific objectives and targets. Further details will be provided in the Manchester Climate Change Framework 2020-25, which will be published by end-February 2020.