Assessing potential economic implications of climate change legislation, policy and regulation upon Manchester, highlighting potential policy implications and interventions.
Risk That business does not have the capacity to respond through a lack of awareness and skills shortage. Combined with a poor critical energy infrastructure this could lead to market displacement.
Opportunities A significant opportunity exists for business to become more efficient cutting costs whilst becoming first movers expanding into new markets. Combined with a package of business support measures Manchester could become the UK node for sector activity.
Interventions 1 Forging links with international exemplar regions and championing the production and use of clean energy coupled with a vision to become the UK node for environmental sustainability will secure first mover advantage for Manchester in the UK
Interventions 2 Provide support for specific sectors through bespoke strategies along with the development of critical transport and energy infrastructure. At the same time maximising links to academia and further education to increase the supply of skills.
To build and secure capacity for the private and public sectors to meet city region climate change targets. Climate Change Agency Key city regional body leading a strategic approach to delivering a low carbon economy through iconic initiatives on a scale not seen before in the UK. To rival and better the aspirations of any other world city.
To build and secure capacity for the private and public sectors to meet city region climate change targets. Climate Change Agency A governance structure that attracts UK and international expertise delivering both major infrastructure and behavioural change initiatives across the city region.
Inter-authority co-operation to accelerate city-wide carbon reduction in the Manchester city region
Overview Context – AGMA. Inter-authority co-operation on climate change in Greater Manchester. Final thoughts.
AGMA AGMA (the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) is a partnership between the ten local authorities within the Greater Manchester area. It was formed after the abolition of the Greater Manchester Council in 1986. AGMA was formed to undertake functions that needed to be co-ordinated at a metropolitan level. The ten authorities co-operate where there is the possibility of improving service delivery by working together.
AGMA Work is underway to strengthen city region governance. A new structure for AGMA has been devised to further encourage collaboration: –A high level Executive Board linked to an advisory Business Leadership Council. –Strategic Commissions with responsibility for delivering specific functions, within the following priority areas: Economic Development Transport Housing and Planning Health Inequalities Public Protection ENVIRONMENT Capacity Building and Collaborative Working
AGMA Environment Commission One of the new Strategic Commissions. Stockport Council has the political lead within AGMA. Joint CE sponsors are from Stockport and Oldham. The Development Team (ECDT) lead by Manchester.
Inter-authority co-operation Manchester is my Planet (MIMP). Joint funding bids. Multi-Area Agreement (MAA). Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre (ESTAC). Low Carbon Cities Programme (LCCP).
Manchester is my Planet (MIMP) The MIMP programme involves a range of initiatives designed to help the city region make a shift towards a low carbon future. Following completion of the ‘ green energy revolution ’ feasibility study at the end of 2005 MIMP has engaged with public and private sector partners to raise awareness of the causes of climate change and the actions needed to tackle it. In the absence of a Climate Change Agency, MIMP has been responsible for facilitating and co-ordinating a wide range of sustainable energy projects and feasibility studies across GM. Intention to integrate the MIMP initiative within the climate change agency model.
MIMP - Examples Nearly 20,000 climate change pledges. ‘ Switched on to climate change ’. ‘ Circle of wind ’. Green badge parking scheme. Low energy business park. ESCO study. Personal carbon trading. Greening the town halls.
Joint funding bids Partnership Energy Planning as a Tool for Realising European Sustainable Energy Communities (PEPESEC). Jointly submitted by Manchester, Oldham and Manchester Knowledge Capital on behalf of AGMA.
PEPESEC Partnership Energy Planning as a Tool for Realising European Sustainable Energy Communities Working with Local Authorities pilot best practice in energy planning, with support from the Intelligent Energy for Europe programme. How energy is supplied, distributed and used within a Local Authority. Covers all types of energy needs – transport, heating, electricity (domestic & industrial). Outlines current energy flow rate (production consumption), resources used to generate and transport energy. Impact on the environment. Aims To raise public awareness to issues regarding environmental impact and dependence on fossil fuels. Promote the best technologies, best practice, and the achievement of maximum performance of existing buildings and future developments. Actively involve a wider-range of actors – citizens, professional operators, suppliers, associations, public bodies.
Multi-Area Agreement (MAA) Addressing the challenge of climate change to be threaded through the proposals set out in the Multi Area Agreement for Greater Manchester, initially submitted in December 2007. Highlighted in particular within those proposals related to the delivery of sustainable economic growth, addressing housing need, spatial planning and delivering critical infrastructure. Climate Change Agency is part of the ‘ core offer ’ to Government. These proposals are being developed within GM and through further discussion with Government.
Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre (ESTAC) GM ESTAC to operate a service from May 2008, offering advice and support to residents in delivering energy demand and carbon emissions reduction from energy use and transport across the 10 authority areas. A working group consisting of sustainability and housing representatives from the existing GM Energy Efficiency Advice Centre Manchester North and South local authorities, MCC, MIMP, GMPTE and GMWDA is working with the Development Team to ensure a collaborative approach.
Low Carbon Cities Programme (LCCP) Project to deliver: –Baselining and benchmarking. –Identification of strategic priorities and specific action planning. –Design of a governance structure for climate change, identifying capacity and funding needs and integrating them into strategic decision-making structures and services. –Identification of key stakeholders and formation of an effective forum and network of stakeholders and contributors. GM LCCP stakeholder event in February 2008.
Final thoughts Effective capacity is not yet in place, so joint working and the establishment of shared resources is the most cost-effective and productive way of delivering a step change. Collaboration will be needed with all new Commissions on issues such as the impact of climate change on the economy, spatial development and public health, and the role of transport in reducing carbon emissions.