Greater Manchester has set ambitious targets to achieve a 48% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 against 1990 levels. Seizing the potential of green technologies and services and increased resource efficiency forms a key pillar of the city region’s economic strategy. These commitments require comprehensive action, including supporting businesses within a context of severe market failure which are outlined below:


£368.7 million

Cost savings achieved in businesses, by improving environmental performance


Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) saved - like driving a Hummer from Manchester to the moon more than 7,668 times


Tonnes of solid, liquid and gaseous materials saved - enough to build 12,533 Blackpool Towers


Cubic metres of water saved - enough to fill 6,521 Olympic sized swimming pools


Jobs created or safeguarded

£371 million

Sales increased or safeguarded


Tonnes of waste diverted from landfill - the weight of 6,598 Blue Whales


Businesses assisted, including over 5,500 with intensive support