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July 2013

As part of the Government’s recently launched National Adaptation Programme, Greater Manchester has now become one of the first regions in the country committed to implementing actions to adapt to a changing climate.Environment Minister Lord de Mauley and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, signed a unique agreement between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (Defra), which sets out the climate change priorities for the region. This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sets out principles for businesses, communities and all Greater Manchester authorities to tackle climate threats, for example floods and storms, and take advantage of new opportunities.


June 2013

A 'Low Carbon Skills North West' study has been commissioned by Wigan Council co-funded by CLASP, to identify common current issues, barriers and practical actions that local authorities and educators can take to support career development in the low carbon sector.

Resources including project summary, main report and dissemination event presentations are now available to download by clicking here.



Resources Developed by Greater Manchester


On this page you can find outputs from the CLASP funded Greater Manchester Economic Area Programme, including:

Executive Briefings

Greater Manchester Energy Plan

Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy

Low Carbon Economic Area Programme

Low Carbon Economic Area and Investment Events



Executive Briefings

A number of Executive Briefings have been produced and can be downloaded by clicking here.


Greater Manchester Energy Plan

The Greater Manchester Energy Plan was developed collaboratively by the Greater Manchester Energy Group. It provides an overview of Greater Manchester’s energy system and sets out Greater Manchester’s core energy challenges and priorities between now and 2020. Actions arising from the plan will be integrated into the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy Implementation Plan. See for more information and to view the Plan.


Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy

The GM Climate Change Strategy, launched in July 2011, identifies four key objectives:

  • Make a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Collective carbon emissions will have been reduced by 48% by 2020 on 1990 levels.
  • Be prepared for and actively adapting to a rapidly changing Climate.
  • ‘Carbon literacy’ will have become embedded into the culture of our organisations, lifestyles and behaviours.

An implementation plan is being finalised which aligns the actions of key public and private sector partners across Greater Manchester.

Click here to download a copy of the Strategy.


Low Carbon Economic Area Programme

The Low Carbon Economic Area programme is developed to build on Greater Manchester’s low carbon economic potential.

Click here for more information.


Low Carbon Economic Area and Investment Events

As part of the Low Carbon Economic Area programme, Greater Manchester’s approach to the Green Deal, domestic retrofit and commercial retrofit, a number of events have been held, and useful tools have been developed, including an improved understanding of the potential for heat networks to contribute to goals, and of the investment framework needed to fund projects and programmes.

Click here to download relevant presentations and resources.


For information on Greater Manchester’s Strategy and implementation activities, visit


All documents and presentation materials are available in the resource library.