Area joins bid to stop global warming

Tony Lloyd

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GREATER Manchester has committed to helping tackle climate change and save lives across the globe.

Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd and Coun Sue Derbyshire, chair of Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub, have signed Europe’s new Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, making clear that the area will play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions.

It follows the COP21 climate summit in Paris earlier this month where Greater Manchester showcased innovations in tackling this global issue, such as its Carbon Literacy Project which is aiming to educate residents to be carbon literate and take small steps to change.

Mr Lloyd, a keen supporter of environmental sustainability, said: “To tackle the challenge of climate change the world has to act together – across political boundaries and global organisations but also between local businesses, communities and individuals.

“Greater Manchester needs to play its part and this covenant is merely the first step. By signing we commit to making climate change central to all of our policies, plans and strategies. It also commits us to direct action – to developing ways to actively tackle climate change alongside the people who live in our city-region. Greater Manchester has played such a central role in the development of industry and technology and I have great faith that by working together we can come up with innovative solutions to tackle this global issue.”

By signing up to the Integrated Covenant of Mayors, the region will be part of Europe’s largest urban climate and energy initiative.