Sustainable Futures at Greater Manchester’s Green Summit 2023
On 2nd October, Sustainable Futures exhibited alongside the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub in the Greater Manchester Green Summit at The Lowry, Salford Quays.
As an interdisciplinary research platform, Sustainable Futures promoted to delegates the cutting-edge research at The University of Manchester that work towards creating sustainable solutions to urgent environmental challenges. The University also played a key role in providing expertise on community-driven measures to support the transition towards its calculated science-based goal of Zero Carbon by 2038.
The conference featured workshops that addressed the city-region’s environmental challenges. At the “Bee Net Zero – How to Accelerate and Profit from your Business’s Transition to Net Zero” session, Dr Stephen Lowe, Research Associate at The Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, led a roundtable discussion on skill and knowledge gaps. Adam Peirce, External Liaison Officer of Sustainable Futures, conducted conversations on Scope 3. Cross-sector debates generated potential solutions to reskill workers for the growing green economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, paving the way for the city-region to meet its ambitious environmental goals.
For its sixth year, the Green Summit brought together residents, businesses, policy makers, and community groups that share a determination for the city-region to be carbon neutral by 2038. Currently in the final year of the Greater Manchester Five-Year Environment Plan set out in 2019, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, reflected on the city-region’s pivotal milestones, such as the introduction of 50 zero-emission buses on Bee Network routes and the Greater Manchester Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme that retrofitted 230 public buildings to improve energy efficiency. The conference revealed a wide array of new projects to support the city-region’s zero carbon ambitions, including the Integrated Water Management Plan and the construction of 30,000 Truly Affordable Net Zero Homes. Progressing towards a zero-carbon future, the city-region will implement place-based strategies to tackle the challenges ahead.
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