The final day of Greater Manchester’s 2020 Green Summit looked at how the city region plans to build back better and greener from COVID-19, including a talk with renowned physicist Brian Cox.
The 2020 Green Summit, which took place online from 21-24 September, marked the progress being made towards Greater Manchester’s Five-Year Environment Plan and overall goal to become carbon neutral by 2038.
Each day focused on a different theme, with the events available to watch on demand until December:
Monday 21 September: Natural Environment & Climate Adaptation
Tuesday 22 September: Green Transport & Energy
Wednesday 23 September: Water, Resources & Buildings
Thursday 24 September: Build Back Better.
The highlight of Thursday’s agenda was a discussion between renowned physicist and broadcaster Brian Cox, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority’s Lily Rimmer, about the role science and universities can play in addressing the climate emergency.
Earlier that morning, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) announced the launch of a unique university-led Energy Innovation Agency (IEA) established between local government, industry and the University of Manchester, University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Through the IEA, the universities will apply their collective energy and environmental research expertise to close the ‘innovation gap’ to ensure the Greater Manchester continues to lead on ambitious regional innovation and action.
Also launched on the final day of the Green Summit was the Greater Manchester Local Energy Market (LEM), a two-year project which will see the city region’s ten boroughs draw up plans to generate more energy locally and store it within a localised smart grid system.
Cllr Andrew Western, GMCA green city region lead, said: “This is a genuinely innovative project to be pioneering here in Greater Manchester. A localised [energy] system can be a more efficient and cost-effective one for residents and businesses, allowing us to make the transition to new hydrogen and heat networks and increase the capacity of our electricity network.”
The Green Summit was brought to a close with a lively panel discussion between Andy Burnham and the mayors of Oslo, Barcelona, Porto and Boston to explore how different cities are putting sustainability at the top of the Build Back Better agenda.
Posted under General Interest, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy and Public / Government / Charity on 28 October 2020