UK Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency
Founded by a team of high profile architectural practices, this campaign demands a shift in the behaviour of the construction industry, which is responsible for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats. Practices who sign up committ to "strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us".
Manchester Climate Change Plan
Manchester has committed to playing its full part in limiting the impacts of climate change. And we’ve responded to the city’s request for organisations and residents to be part of a collective effort to meet their climate change targets, committing to contribute by:
- Acting now, including accelerating our existing decarbonisation activities, wherever possible,
- Taking responsibility for the CO2 emissions from our business activities and working to reduce them to zero by 2038,
- Supporting and influencing our customers, residents, suppliers and other stakeholders to take action,
- Defining the support we need and proactively asking for it, including asking politicians for policy changes wherever relevant.
The city’s targets outlined in the Manchester Climate Change Plan include emitting a maximum of 15 million tonnes of CO2 between 2018 and 2100 (our ‘carbon budget’) and reducing the city’s CO2 emissions by 13% year-on-year, with the aim for Manchester to become a zero carbon city by 2038. Meeting these targets will make Manchester one of the world’s leading cities for action on climate change.
Showing our support for meeting Manchester’s climate change targets is a natural extension of the efforts we’ve been making to reduce our own carbon foot print. Over the last three years, we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by an average of 3 Tonnes per year, and continue to look for new ways to make further reductions.