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Andy Burnham announces 2018 'Green Summit' for Greater Manchester

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© NHS Confederation 2014 - Andy Burnham on stage

Manchester will host a 'Green Summit' as part of a plan to position the region as one of the leading green conurbations in Europe.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of the Greater Manchester combined authority has announced a "landmark 'Green Summit' " to be held in spring 2018. The summit will be led by an expert panel of academics and researchers from the University of Manchester. The panel of experts includes specialists from the Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester, environmentalists and businesses, who will lead a public debate on how plans can be developed to achieve carbon neutrality as early as possible.
 
The summit will also utilize a citizen engagement programme to gather ideas surrounding:
 
  • energy in homes and workplaces
  • sustainable travel
  • improving air quality
  • making use of green spaces

and

  • innovating low carbon technology.
 
“I want to bring people together to debate ways of ensuring that we are doing enough on climate change. By building a low-carbon economy in Greater Manchester, we will put ourselves in a strong position to attract more jobs and investment" said Burnham adding Greater Manchester has the knowledge, radical thinking and resources to deliver on this; we have a wealth of academic research and practical know-how to tackle these issues head on.”
 
Councillor Ganostis, the Greater Manchester lead for environmental issues and climate change made the announcement alongside Burnham, added, “This will take Greater Manchester to a different level that will rival green cities across the world and make the region much more appealing to prospective investors, while also doing wonders for the environment and the economy." 

 

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