Stockport Council Leader kick-starts new environmental vision for Greater Manchester

The Leader of Stockport Council has kick-started ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green city-regions in the whole of Europe.

In his role as the Greater Manchester Green City Region Lead, Councillor Alex Ganotis, together with Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, presented the plans to other local leaders at the last meeting of the Combined Authority, where it received enthusiastic backing.

It means that Greater Manchester will be well on its way to being carbon neutral in just twenty years’ time.

“Our vision will transform Stockport and Greater Manchester into a world leading region that is not only just greener and cleaner, but also a healthier place to live,” said Cllr Ganotis.

“These ambitious plans can only be achieved if we work together to deliver them. The sooner we get to work in making changes the sooner we will start to see the rewards.”

Greater Manchester is the first UK city to devise both globally leading and science based plans to becoming carbon neutral; reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change and making its fair contribution to keeping global average temperature change below 2°C.

Following on from the inaugural Greater Manchester Green Summit in March, the Springboard Report is an action plan that takes on board feedback from its 600 delegates as well as over 1,200 individuals who attended listening events leading up to it, and sets out the first steps we will take this year.

Cllr Ganotis added: “Over 200 pledges were made at the Green Summit and I call on others to get involved too. If you have an innovation to demonstrate, come and trial it in Greater Manchester. If you have an offer which will support our vision, come and talk to us.”

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Read the Springboard report and find out more.