|Case Study 24: Manchester is my Planet Programme|
City-regional programme to combat climate change
Summary of the case
The programme was initiated by Manchester: Knowledge Capital, which is now responsible for its ongoing management. Manchester is my Planet’s entire programme of activity is driven by a focused and well con-sidered strategy developed in 2005 by a consortium of organisations led by Quantum Strategy & Technol-ogy.
The Manchester: Green Energy Revolution feasibility study - which later became the Manchester is my Planet programme - was the product of a considered, pioneering and exciting stakeholder engagement proc-ess involving hundreds of people and organisations from across Manchester and the Northwest. Manchester is my Planet is about this city-region’s response to the threat; it’s about Manchester playing its part in the global picture. To best capture this region’s aspiration to lead the way in tackling climate change,
Manchester is my Planet’s aims are:
Parts of Europe, such as Scandinavia, are leading the way in sustainable energy and low-carbon innovations on a city-region scale. The initial feasibility study drew knowledge from key successes of our European counterparts. The research findings allowed the following guidelines to be put in place for the Manchester is my Planet programme. For:
In the three years since it’s inception Manchester is my Planet has achieved a great deal. This has included a wide range of feasibility and pilot projects, successful bids to the EU (for a City-Regional Energy Planning Project, and behavioural change action-research project), initiating a major piece of research into the eco-nomic impacts of climate change legislation and a city-regional awareness and pledge campaign with sign-up of over 20,000 citizens.
In terms of behavioural change the Manchester is my Planet programme has sought to change the thinking and actions of politicians, local authorities and private sector partners as well as the citizens of Greater Man-chester.
The enormity of the challenge of climate change and ambition of Manchester is my Planet has always out-stripped the resources available. Manchester is my Planet is now supporting colleagues in the shaping of a proposed Climate Change Agency for the city region, which promises to bring additional resources and rede-fined focus needed to mainstream the agenda with private sector partners.