Manchester joins climate change clamour

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Manchester City Council has become the largest UK local authority to pledge to cut carbon emissions by ten percent by 2010.

The city is determined to set an example to other organisations in Britain by signing up the 10:10 project, a carbon emissions reductions scheme backed by the Carbon Trust. 10:10 aims to put pressure on governments ahead of December’s UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

According to the NWDA, Richard Leese (Leader of Manchester City Council) said the goals

“demand determined action by everyone in Manchester”.”This 10:10 campaign is a great opportunity for the city council to accelerate progress by looking at short-term targets for our own operations”.

Mr Leese went on to say that he was

“confident” that the reduction targets could be achieved and that he hoped northwest businesses would be encouraged to follow suit”.

Manchester will host the Climate Action Now conference on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.