Zero Carbon Manchester – and how to get there by 2038.

On Wednesday morning I was in the magnificent Corn Exchange building in central Manchester to host a zero-carbon seminar. I linked up with Thirty30media and its chief David Jones to see whether local SME’s, institutions and entrepreneurs are interested in Manchester’s publicly declared zero carbon ambitions.

It was pleasing that senior figures involved with the zero-carbon agenda attended along with representatives from the construction industry, major office developers, hydrogen production companies and representatives from the universities.

The presentation served as a vehicle to spark comment and a lively debate; everyone engaged and it provided a vibrant and thought- provoking atmosphere. The slides can be downloaded here.

The presence of members of the Manchester climate change agency demonstrated a genuine interest in stakeholders’ views at this early stage and a willingness to engage going forwards; regular follow-ups were requested by attendees to ensure the momentum from this initial exploratory session be maintained. I will be speaking to Thirty 30 media and hopefully with those involved from the city to try to ensure their wishes are addressed.

Manchester will be amongst a group of world cities including Milan and Vancouver leading the climate change agenda; the worlds-first-industrial-city can in effect direct what is being termed the fourth industrial revolution.

This short course may be of interest:

Transformational changes are happening in my adopted home city of Manchester and the wider Northwest of England region.  It is important that other issues facing the country right now don’t cloud out something which will undoubtedly shape the future for ourselves and our children. Manchester, which I learned currently lies second only to Toronto in the number of large cranes active in the city, will continue to grow; as the zero carbon agenda gains traction it has the opportunity to do so in a clean and sustainable manner. The world can perhaps follow her lead once more.