Manchester has been named as a climate action leader by CDP

It joins 122 other global cities on the list.

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 7 December 2022

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Clinging onto its title for a second year, Manchester has been named as one of the global cities working towards a greener future in CDP’s annual A List. 

Making the list alongside 123 other cities, each was awarded for its bold leadership on environmental action and transparency, despite the pressures of a challenging global economic situation.

Manchester is one of only 12% of cities across the globe to receive a score from CDP, making it a leader in the fight against climate change. Being recognised highlights the collaborative efforts the region is making to lower carbon emissions and create a greener society. 

Not-for-profit charity, CDP helps companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impact. It is seen as the gold standard of environmental reporting with the richest, most comprehensive dataset.

To achieve an A-List rating, cities have to demonstrate climate leadership through effective action, adaptation and mitigation compared to anywhere else. 

Manchester was awarded for its 5-year environmental plan which recognises the vital part public sector, private sector and citizens must do collaboratively to see change, as well as its ‘Local Area Energy’ plans and work towards decarbonising homes. 

Also mentioned was the city’s Bee Net Zero initiative, Trafford’s Green Hydrogen Park, the capping on Manchester bus fares, investment into green innovations and the Energy Innovation Agency, which collaborates with innovators across the city-region to accelerate new inventions and ideas to create green energy.

Steve Connor, green lead for GMLEP said: Manchester spearheaded the industrial revolution and this accolade from CDP proves that the city-region is now ready to lead the green revolution.

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“As an A List City, Greater Manchester is recognised for its ambition, leadership and transparency on climate action. Through collaboration, Greater Manchester has come together to develop creative solutions to the climate crisis and with our history of innovation and entrepreneurship, I’m confident we can scale up these solutions and put them into action to generate impactful results.

“Greater Manchester is now recognised as a leader in climate action, but this is just the beginning. We must acknowledge that there is more to be done if we are to meet our 2038 target and become a net-zero city.”