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Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has published its Cities A List, revealing the global cities that are leading efforts to tackle climate change.

Cities are assessed as even though they cover only 2% of the world’s ice free surface, they account for 70% of annual carbon emissions.

More than 850 cities reported climate data to CDP, and 5 in the UK achieved an A grade. Greater Manchester was one of those 5. Manchester City Council announced it will be net zero by 2038. All new buildings will be net zero emissions on an operational basis by 2028. The Council aims to retrofit at least 60,000 homes with energy saving devices annually by 2038.

Greater Manchester’s carbon footprint fell by 39% between 1990 and 2015 and multi-million pound investments have been made in its tram, electricity, walking and cycling infrastructure.

On energy specifically, Manchester City Council is working with Electricity North West to bring 45MW of extra renewable generation capacity to the local grid over the next four years. Soon, schemes to support businesses and homeowners considering onsite generation will be launched. On transport, 23 fully electric buses will be added to the city-region’s fleet over the coming months, thanks to investment from the Government’s Office for Low-Emission Vehicles.

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