Greater Manchester Combined Authority has revealed an environment plan for the next five years that’s a springboard for a bigger 20-year project to improve environmental challenges threatening the future and prosperity of the city.
Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham recently unveiled the environmental proposals for crucial action, including a goal for the city to become carbon neutral by 2038.
On top of that, Manchester aspires to become one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world. The environment plan is also expected to boost the city’s economy and prosperity.
Embracing renewable energy
A key part of the plan includes minimising carbon dioxide emissions and increasing renewable energy. Homeowners, landlords, and investors in Manchester will be expected to switch to green energy suppliers. Properties will also need to have the capability to be powered by renewable resources.
Excessive energy used to heat homes and offices is a big contributor to carbon emissions. Because of this, the plan makes it clear there needs to be a shift in how houses are retrofitted with modern methods to improve energy efficiency. Moving forward, those building new builds and developments will even have to guarantee 20% of renewable energy generation.
Developers, investors, and self-builders need to put a bigger focus on green energy. Starting in 2028, new developments will be denied planning permission unless it’s proven the site will have zero carbon emissions.
Nowadays, environmentally friendly landlords could even find themselves in higher demand as many tenants, especially those who pay higher rent, carefully consider how eco-friendly a building is when choosing a rental property.
Planting more greenery
Another element of the environment plan is promoting biodiversity and planting more greenery. Despite its industrial background, Manchester is in the top-5 of the leafiest cities in the UK. Through the environmental proposals, Manchester will see even more plants and trees planted.
Businesses are being urged to fit in green walls and roofs, plant additional trees, and invest in the natural environment. Landowners will even be able to access funding to create or restore ponds on their property.