Manchester has made it its ambition to become carbon neutral by 2038, playing its part in limiting the impacts of climate change. This will be centre stage at MIPIM 2019, with our CEO, Chris Oglesby taking part in the ‘Carbon Neutral by 2038: Manchester’s sustainable future’ panel.
Showcasing Manchester’s ambition, key figures including our CEO Chris Oglesby and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham will be encouraging people to take action and think creatively about what contributions, both big and small, can be made to ensure a more sustainable future for us all. The Mayor of Oslo, Europe’s current Green Capital which will joining the panel to bring a fresh perspective about the challenges in taking the radical action necessary.
Across the world, cities are making their pledges to help reduce carbon emissions. In the UK, London is introducing a new lighting strategy and, along with Manchester, is upgrading city lighting to LED to save more than £500,000 annually and Nottingham is tackling fuel poverty through the ‘Greener Housing’ energy efficiency scheme. Further afield, Vancouver is building multi-unit low-rise housing that emit no GHGs and Milan is introducing congestion charges to help reduce over 25 million car journeys in three years.
The science tells us that we can't afford to wait for the actions needed to halt climate change to come through small scale incremental change. We must work together and act now to make them happen. Manchester’s zero carbon 2038 ambition is just one part of this, underpinned by a carbon budget which sets out how much CO2 Manchester is allowed to emit to ensure we play our full part in achieving carbon reductions in the Paris Agreement, and science-based targets to help the city stick within its budget. The necessary citywide movement for action on climate change is led by, Manchester Climate Change Board (MCCB) chaired by Gavin Elliott, Head of BDP Manchester Studio. This group works with partners to help Manchester to achieve its ambitions.
The MCCB strategy aims to make Manchester a prosperous, liveable and zero carbon city for healthy residents of all ages. This includes creating a low-cost transport system that will run on renewables; waterways that contribute to our health, biodiversity and the local economy; and introducing more green space. What we know is that reducing the amount of carbon we emit has many spin off benefits - improving health, creating jobs within low carbon industries and improving air quality across the city.
As a company we are part of the leadership of the carbon neutral agenda in Manchester and have been instrumental in setting up an industry group specifically looking at the contribution that the property sector can make to creating a zero carbon city. This has a major part to play in addressing climate change.
Businesses are responsible for a vast amount of emissions across Greater Manchester. At Bruntwood, we know we have a big part to play in helping our cities to decarbonise. Already, we are helping to reduce our carbon emissions by incorporating battery storage to provide more energy to and from our buildings, with further plans to take Bright Building on Manchester Science Park completely off grid; as well retrospectively fitting solar panels to our buildings to produce more renewable energy.
Last year, Bruntwood became the first UK commercial property firm to sign the World Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Commitment. The programme is committed to creating a built environment in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement, with the UK arm working with central and local governments to foster international collaboration on achieving net zero carbon.
Chris Oglesby said: “We’re proud to be the first commercial property partner to join the Net Zero Carbon Commitment and are dedicated to achieving a zero carbon future.
“Sustainability has always been a huge part of our approach and the pledge represents a step change in our efforts to reduce our environmental impact and we hope to inspire, encourage and support others to do the same.
“It is vital that businesses come together to build a consensus on creating new building standards.”
Also on the Carbon Neutral by 2038 panel is the Governing Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen, as we take a look at best practice amongst our European neighbours. Named 2019 European Green Capital, tackling climate change is a high priority for Oslo, as the city aims to cut emissions by 50% by 2020 (compared to 1990) and to be carbon neutral by 2050.
In 2016, Oslo introduced a ‘Climate Budget’ consisting of over 40 measures across energy and the built environment, transport, and resources. As part of this, carbon dioxide emissions are now being counted in the same way a financial budget would account for funding, and it is this unique initiative that will help drive the city to reach its goal of 50% emissions reduction by 2020.
To help achieve these ambitious targets, Oslo has also introduced a range of integrated measures including promoting zero emissions transport, becoming the ‘Electric Vehicle Capital of the World’ with 30% of all vehicles now sold in the city being electric. This alone will reduce air and noise pollution, and enhance the urban environment for its citizens.
Manchester, and cities across the world, can learn a lot from the ways in which Oslo is approaching its efforts to reducing climate change. Hear more about their plans and our own at MIPIM on Wednesday 13th March.
Carbon Neutral by 2038: Manchester’s sustainable future will take place 10.30-11.30am (GMT+1, local French time) in the Manchester Pavilion. The full list of participants:
Gavin Elliott, Principal & Head of Manchester Studio - BDP
Andy Burnham, Mayor - Greater Manchester
Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen, Oslo
Chris Oglesby, CEO, Bruntwood
Helen Gribbon, Director - renaissance Limited
Gavin, Helen and Chris are all member of the Manchester Climate Change Board property chapter.