We are asking you, our residents, and communities, about the kinds of actions you are already taking to reduce your carbon emissions, and what support you need to do more. This information will help us understand the barriers you are facing that are stopping you reducing your carbon footprint, and to develop the actions that we all must do now.
We know that we must all act now and prioritise actions to drastically reduce the city’s carbon emissions over the next few years – these actions will form the basis of the city’s new Climate Change Framework and Action Plan 2021-2025 (called Framework 2).
Manchester is aiming to be a thriving, zero carbon, climate-resilient city. Science indicates that if the city is to play its full part in tackling the global challenge of climate change, rapid reductions in carbon emissions are required. Manchester has adopted a carbon budget that requires a halving of emissions in the period between 2018 and 2025 and has set a target to be zero carbon by 2038 at the latest. The Climate Change Agency, on behalf of the city, is currently developing an action plan setting out, in more detail, the actions required to meet the target. This will build on Manchester’s Climate Change Framework which was adopted last year. The revised framework and Action Plan will identify the actions and contributions needed from different groups and sectors in Manchester to meet the targets set for 2025.
As part of this work, we also said we would develop a better understanding of the city’s consumption-based emissions (that is emissions produced as a consequence of the things we buy and use), and a better understand the level of risks faced by our residents and businesses as a result of climate change. This is so that we can focus effort on those residents who are most in need and help the city to adapt to climate change and become more resilient.
This consultation is in 2 stages - this first stage will run from 13th September until Spring 2022.
The second stage will take place in May 2022 (tbc); please sign up to our mailing list to be notified when it goes live.
We anticipate that this questionnaire will take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Please answer to the best of your knowledge but do not worry if you are unable to answer all of the questions. All the feedback that you provide will be of value as we are keen to learn about your successes and challenges.
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Our homes are one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions due to the energy required to heat and run them. Carbon emissions may be created from the electricity or gas we use when running appliances and lighting, when heating water and heating rooms as well as cooling.
Where the energy we use to power our homes comes from is important. Lots of this energy comes from burning fossil fuels. Instead, we need to make sure this energy comes from green, renewable sources such as wind or solar.
Transport is also a large source of carbon emissions, especially from road transport and air travel. The more journeys by car and flights taken instead of by other ways of travelling, the more carbon emitted. Road transport also responsible for poor air quality which has an impact on local communities. This sector also includes how our stuff is moved around the world and the journey our packages go on.
Food can also be a source of carbon both in the production of food and when it is wasted. Meat, like beef and lamb, have higher carbon emissions because of the land, water, and energy used to feed and rear animals and the emissions produced by animals themselves. Milk and dairy products are also sources of carbon emissions. Choosing to eat more plant based foods can reduce the carbon impacts of food and may be healthier too. Choosing to eat fruit and vegetables that are in season in the UK and buying local produce can reduce the carbon impacts.
All the ‘stuff’ in the world has a carbon footprint for it to be produced, packaged, and transported, so the less new stuff we buy, the smaller our impact. This also helps to reduce our waste. Recycling or reusing items helps to save the energy that would have been used in producing a new product.
Our city’s green spaces, trees and other green space such as gardens and parks, can absorb carbon out of the atmosphere, so it is important to protect them. Nature also plays an important role in helping to protect us from the effects of climate change. By protecting and maintaining our city’s green spaces we can provide vital homes for wildlife, reduce surface water flooding, help tackle climate change, make us feel better and even keep temperatures lower, so planting trees, growing fruit and vegetable and not paving over your lawn or driveway can all help.
Speaking up about the climate emergency we are in and asking others, including our employers, how they are tackling climate change are important actions that are often overlooked. We assume everyone knows and understands about climate change and know what to do – but are we right?
There are some actions you can take now such as talking more to friends, family and work colleagues, as well as asking what our elected politicians think and are doing!
We know that our residents and communities will need support to help them reduce their own carbon emissions and the city’s emissions.
This could be for example: better public transport, access to locally grown and plant-based foods or finance to buy renewable energy for our homes.