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Manchester City Council

Manchester is using its core strategy preferred options document to set the agenda in order to address climate change as the most significant issue facing the city. The core strategy takes a strategic approach to combating climate change at the local level.

Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Manchester Civil Justice Centre achieved an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating.

Manchester’s core strategy proposed option document acknowledges climate change as the most significant issue facing the city. Manchester is using its core strategy to set the agenda for decoupling CO2 emissions from economic growth and has taken a strategic approach to combating climate change at the local level. This approach has been further refined in the latest draft for Manchester's core strategy pre-publication document consultation (2 August to 13 September 2010).

The core strategy provides a clear direction for tackling CO2 emissions in Manchester without reiterating government guidance. The first spatial objective of the core strategy is “to provide a framework within which the sustainable development of the city can contribute to halting climate change”. This demonstrates the emphasis that the city council is placing on combating climate change.

This spatial objective is supported by identifying the strategic areas which will have a major role in achieving low carbon, decentralised and renewable energy development (set out in Policy En2). Through an understanding of current energy emissions, the council intends to bring forward energy proposals in these areas to help achieve CO2 reduction targets through the provision of a low carbon energy supply. These reduction targets apply to all new development (set out in En3), with deliverability built in by allowing developers to make contributions to new energy infrastructure off-site in exchange for carbon credits for their development.

Manchester’s policy also looks ahead to the post 2016 national CO2 reduction targets for unregulated emissions (those which occur through the use of a building) by setting immediate city-wide targets in excess of the future national targets. In addition, all major planning applications must include an energy statement containing the projected energy demand profile and associated gross CO2 emissions for all phases of the development.

By setting a clear agenda for carbon reduction Manchester can expect to achieve its vision of becoming a low carbon city by 2020.