Get Serious was Friends of the Earth’s campaign focusing on local authority climate targets. Local authorities have a major role to play in reducing carbon emissions, arising from their control over heating and lighting public buildings and coordinating public transport. Friends of the Earth asked all local authorities to commit to cutting their emissions by 40% by 2020. In order to do this, they would need to draw up an action plan and set local carbon budgets to control emissions.

Manchester City Council agreed with our campaign, committing to a 41% cut by 2020, and subsequently set up the city’s climate change action plan, Manchester: A Certain Future, before handing over supervision of the plan to the Steering Group.


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      Latest CO2 statistics for Greater Manchester

      The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) today released the latest statistics on carbon dioxide emissions from local authorities around the country.

      15th Sep 2011
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      1,000 Jobs for Greater Manchester if Councils Get Serious About Climate Change

      If councils in Greater Manchester insulated buildings and fitted green energy across the region, it could create over 1,000 jobs as well as slashing climate-changing emissions, according to independent research released by Manchester Friends of the Earth today (Thursday 25 … Continue reading

      25th Jun 2010
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      Election 2010

      Green League Table We asked each candidate if they agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or disagree with ten statements on key environmental issues. Each answer scored between +2 points for agree and -2 points for disagree, giving candidates a total score … Continue reading

      1st May 2010