Manchester council to make energy savings

Manchester's town hall and other heritage buildings will be retrofitted with energy saving technologies in a bid to cut the city's carbon emissions.

Steps such as installing insulation, double glazing and making buildings draught-proof could also help reduce the council's energy bills.

Manchester City Council announced yesterday (January 15th) that it would reduce its carbon emissions by a third, or over one million tonnes by 2020.

The move follows the publication of a Mini-Stern report that claimed that not taking moves to combat climate change could cost Greater Manchester up to £21 billion over the next 12 years.

Manchester council's executive member for the environment, Richard Cowell, said: "Climate change is the single biggest challenge facing the world.

"It demands an international response, but the action we take in Manchester will determine whether the shift to a low-carbon society creates new opportunities for Mancunian families and businesses."

However, critics of the plan have said that by failing to address the emissions of Manchester Airport, the council is jeopardizing the initiative.

Robbie Gillett, of environmental group Plane Stupid, told the Manchester Evening News: "Manchester Airport produces the same amount of CO2 as the whole country of Uganda.

"Ignoring emissions from aircraft using Manchester Airport is like having strict drink drive laws but not counting whisky."

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