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Vision for a low carbon Greater Manchester

There are significant benefits to be gained from taking action now to achieve our vision for a low carbon Greater Manchester.

A low carbon neutral transport system would mean:

  • More working from home and digital access to services
  • Increased use of local facilities and leisure activities
  • Increase in public/shared transport (e-car clubs) and more active travel
  • Much lower levels of car ownership & use – households with more than one car become a rarity – less congestion
  • Less road space allocated for motor vehicles
  • All vehicles zero emission
  • Local deliveries by zero emission vehicles/cargo bikes
  • Streets/transport corridors with more trees/soft landscaping
  • Multiple benefits of a zero carbon transport system, e.g. new employment opportunities around new technologies and wider health and wellbeing benefits

To achieve this there are three main types of intervention Greater Manchester needs to explore:

  • avoiding carbon emissions altogether
  • shifting to lower emission ways of doing things
  • improving how we do things e.g. upgrading to new low-carbon technologies
Metrolink tram in Manchester city centre

These changes will not only benefit the environment but will also improve health outcomes, tackle inequalities, generate good quality and secure quality jobs and make our communities better to live, learn and work in.

People walking down a path underneath a canopy of trees