The UK’s Pathway to Net-Zero: where do Greater Manchester local authorities come in?

8th November 2019

Manchester Friends of the Earth invite people to a discussion evening on Monday 11th November with Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth (FoE) who will outline the UK’s pathway for achieving net-zero greenhouse emissions – exploring what will need to happen to transport, power, buildings, land-use, industry, waste, shipping and aviation to get us there. [1]

The meeting is for anyone who would like to know more about how the UK gets on the pathway to net-zero, what needs to change to avoid runaway climate change, who needs to act and where do local authorities come in.

Local authorities have an important and often over-looked role in cutting carbon emissions and solving the climate crisis, but most are doing far too little, and even the better performing ones can do much more. From eco-heating to e-bikes, from transport to tree planting, more can and should be done.   

On 3rd October, Friends of the Earth published research that assessed councils’ performance on tackling climate change and looked at different categories including renewable energy, public transport, lift-sharing, energy efficiency at home, waste recycling, and tree cover. [2]  Salford has topped the table of the most climate-friendly councils in the North West. [3] 

Ali Abbas, Manchester Friends of the Earth climate campaigner said: 
“All local councils however they are performing need to ramp up what they are doing. We know we are facing a climate and ecological emergency that threatens our existence and the natural world. If we want to change things for the better, let’s start at home. 

“Creating cleaner and greener places to live means healthier, happier lives. It’s why local authorities in our region need to adopt really ambitious local climate action plans, with help from local communities. And national government needs to get in gear and support and fund local authorities to take action.” 

Friends of the Earth are channeling concern around climate breakdown into tangible solutions by supporting Climate Action Groups across the region. [4]

Local authorities can’t do it all themselves, they need more powers and finance alongside government action. But by communities coming together to improve their local area, they can put pressure on the government to place the climate emergency at the front of all decision making: change starts at home.  

At the event we will discuss how people can engage with their council and convince them to adopt an ambitious Climate Action Plan, and other actions people can take together in their local community.

Manchester Friends of the Earth members will be on-hand to discuss the Greater Manchester context and the city-region’s commitment to achieve net-zero by 2038.  


Notes for Editors
[1] The public event will be held at the Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. Free event but please register

[2] Full list of council performances
The majority of data is from official government sources. To see the full methodology

[3] To see how climate-friendly an area is, a postcode can be checked here:

[4] To find out more about Climate Action Groups go to:

[5] Manchester Friends of the Earth is an award-winning environmental campaign group, raising awareness and lobbying for policy changes at a local, regional, national and international level. The group consists entirely of volunteers, and its campaigns are funded by membership fees and individual donations. Up-to-date information is available on the group’s website: Manchester Friends of the Earth is a Licensed Local Group of Friends of the Earth, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.