Thank you for reading Green Intelligence during 2019! In 2020 we will be moving to a new monthly format starting at the end of January. In the meantime, here’s a recap of 2019…
We published 295 Green Intelligence articles during 2019, all of which you can find on our searchable News Library. Below are some of the key themes that hit the headlines.
‘Climate strike’ was the word of 2019, literally. Encouraged by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and protest movement Extinction Rebellion, millions of people - from schoolchildren to warehouse workers - joined climate strikes and marches around the world.
2019 was also the year of the Climate Emergency. Towns, cities, countries and - as of December - even continents have declared emergencies and committed to ambitious targets to reduce their emissions. In the North West, a host of local authorities have joined the movement, including Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Chester, Lancaster, Preston, Blackpool, Burnley and several others.
Climate emergency declarations have gone hand-in-hand a proliferation of ‘net zero emissions’ targets. The UK became the first major country in the world to pass a law binding it to a zero emissions target of 2050, and several others have followed since.
In March, Greater Manchester set its own net zero target of 2038 and launched a five year plan to kickstart action from organisations and businesses in the city region.
Here are some of the businesses that are leading the way in the city region, backed by support from GC Business Growth Hub during 2019:
• Rochdale manufacturer Crystal Doors became a celebrated example of best practice for a small business, having slashing its energy use by three quarters in seven years
• Manchester Arts venue HOME worked with advisors to improve sustainability in its supply chain
• Z Film Studios in Stockport began transforming its 30-year-old studio into a cutting-edge, carbon neutral filming venue
• Salford play centre Playkidds wrote a children’s book detailing how it had reduced its environmental impact
• Historic Manchester manufacturer Budenberg achieved monthly electricity savings of £1,000 after analysing its energy usage
• Oldham firm Bradley Manufacturing unlocked savings of more than £56,000 a year after installing a rooftop solar system and energy efficient equipment at its factory
• Springhill Hospice in Rochdale partnered with Manchester energy efficiency specialist Holt Energy to switch to LED lighting, saving around £14,500 a year
• New company Rechip Flood Defence launched in Bury with a novel, 100 per cent recycled flood defence product
• Two energy management specialists, Qbots and Open Control Solutions, teamed up to collaborate on an innovative AI-enabled smart energy platform
• New start-up Fabric CIC launched in Manchester with the aim of simplifying and fast-tracking community eco-housing projects
• Manchester start-up Zoom EV launched a UK-first bundle of green energy, charging and parking discounts for electric vehicle owners
• Oldham building surveyor All Survey increased its turnover by 72 per cent after capitalising on the growing market for energy performance services.
Posted under General Interest on 18 December 2019