The proposal to establish a Greater Manchester (GM) Low Carbon Hub, led by a Hub Board, was formed as part of the Greater Manchester City Deal with Government.
The GM Low Carbon Hub helps drive forward and support efforts to deliver GM’s growth ambitions by:
- Setting the strategic direction for environmental / low carbon policy across GM
- Delivering technical support on (strategic) environmental issues to key GM stakeholders
- Identifying the GM environmental / low carbon research priorities, many of which are delivered by New Economy
- Commissioning bespoke projects to ensure that our GM policy approach is built on sound evidence and expert advice
- Coordinating responses to consultations to ensure GM’s voice is represented at a national level
- Supporting and enabling co-operation on strategic priorities and engagement with Government Departments and delivery bodies such as DECC, DEFRA and the Environment Agency
- Assisting individual authorities and facilitating cross – boundary collaboration, for example through the establishment of the Local Nature Partnership (LNP)
The team delivers technical support on low carbon and environment issues to the:
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- GM districts (10 local authorities)
- Local Enterprise Partnership
The Hub Board comprises public sector, business, third sector, higher and further education members and has a broad base of stakeholders within its seven theme groups covering buildings, energy, transport, sustainable consumption and production, natural capital (Local nature Partnership), low carbon and environment sector growth and skills. The Hub offers the opportunity to integrate Government departments and institutions into a network; making stronger connections within Greater Manchester, nationally and internationally.
Current priorities are derived from the GM Climate Change Strategy (GMCCS) Implementation Plan the delivery of which is overseen by the Hub.
The GMCCS Implementation Plan aims to:
- Realise the economic opportunities associated with transition to a low carbon economy
- Support Greater Manchester’s collective 48% carbon reduction target by 2020
- Increase awareness and understanding leading to behavioural change
- Prepare Greater Manchester to adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change.
The GM Environment Team has worked with the Low Carbon Hub Sub-groups and Districts to develop detailed Work Programmes for each Sub-group, plus identifying the `enabling’ actions’ required to ensure that the Low Carbon Hub operates effectively.