The climate emergency demands action. In 2019, your City Centre Labour team voted to commit our city to net–zero emissions by 2038.
The Council’s 2021/22 budget, set on 5 March 2021, outlined Manchester Labour’s plans to invest £92.5 million on tackling the climate emergency.
Our Council is on target to halve emissions by 2025 and this investment is a significant boost. Manchester Labour had already taken bold action, including:
- £1 million annually to plant thousands of trees established in 2020
- Dramatically improving city centre recycling rates since 2018
- Better city centre walking and cycling, like the Deansgate pedestrianisation, new cycle routes in the Northern Quarter, and the City Centre Transport Strategy’s core goals
- Supporting a Clean Air Zone across Greater Manchester and an Ultra Low Emission Zone in the city centre for better air quality
- Our Civic Quarter Heat Network will save 1,600 carbon tonnes every year
- Replacing half of our city’s bin lorries with electric vehicles
- Replacing all 56,000 streetlights with energy efficient LED lights.
- Co-ordinating a letter with neighbouring Councils in Greater Manchester calling on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels.
Councillor Marcus Johns said: “Manchester Labour are tackling the climate crisis and improving Manchester people’s lives at the same time. We’re building a cleaner, greener city centre together.”