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Greater Manchester is tipped to be a world leader in transforming how we generate and use energy but more investment in energy efficiency and local energy is needed for the full potential to be realised, according to the Energising Greater Manchesterreport released today.

The report is the latest in a series of ‘local stories’ produced by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) and was written in collaboration with the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

The report showcases local, efficient and low carbon energy projects across the region to highlight how local authorities, businesses, industry and residents are driving the change to meet carbon reduction targets, improve business competitiveness and the residents health and well-being.

The  Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Green  Deal  Communities  Little  Bill  Programme, which supported  1,240 fuel poor homes with energy retrofit works and the  bespoke  energy  management  programme  at MediaCity UK which has resulted in annual savings in excess of £850,000, are two of the stories featured.

Greater Manchester Green City Portfolio Leader, Cllr Alex Ganotis said the report reveals the ingenuity of Greater Manchester and its residents and their commitment to making the region carbon neutral.

At our Green Summit in March, we shared our ambition for Greater Manchester to be one of the leading green cities in Europe and carbon neutral by 2040,” he said.

While this may be an ambitious target, this report clearly demonstrates our residents are meeting the challenge head on and in doing so, not only reducing our carbon footprint but boosting the local economy and improving the health and wellbeing of the community.”

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