Manchester offices to benefit from Government green programme
Alistair Darling’s Pre-Budget Report has designated Greater Manchester as a Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA). The status is designed to help build on the city’s regeneration programme and its research capabilities in the low carbon property industry.
The LCEA initiative will be rolled out over a period of five years, which will involve improving the insulation of offices and homes in Greater Manchester.
Renewable energy technologies will be installed, and smart meters will be introduced to help people keep track of their energy usage.
Up to six million tonnes of carbon could be saved through the introduction of the scheme, which is also expected to generate an extra ┬ú650m for the economy and support 34,800 jobs.
Cllr Dave Goddard, Chair of the Greater Manchester Environment Commission, said:
“This is an exciting day for Greater Manchester and everyone who lives and works here. Achieving carbon reduction and sustaining economic growth is probably the greatest challenge facing us today. It is vital that we act now to ensure that we pay less later and pass on a healthier planet to future generations.”
He adds, “Greater Manchester has a consistent history of being at the forefront of innovation, of finding solutions to challenges and I’m delighted that we’ve achieved agreement to make this announcement. Now we can get on with the work.”