First zero-carbon target

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) claims it is the first UK transport authority to commit to becoming carbon neutral. TfGM has reduced its own carbon emissions by 19% over the last three years. The organisation now plans to reach its carbon saving target of 75% by as soon as 2018 and is developing plans to be a zero carbon authority by 2033. The commitment was made as it launched a publicity campaign to raise awareness of the connection between public transport and carbon emissions. Part of the Ticket to Kyoto (T2K) partnership, the campaign highlights what TfGM and four other European partners are doing to help reduce carbon emissions in public transport.

Chair of the TfGM Committee, Councillor Andrew Fender, said, ‘Traffic on our roads makes up about one third of Greater Manchester’s carbon emissions so anything we can do to influence that is important, which is why we are playing our part with these ambitious carbon savings targets. Our zero carbon commitment and Ticket to Kyoto partnership show we are serious about making a difference – and T2K has helped us invest in some really innovative green projects. Beyond the partnership, we’re also doing what we can to show leadership in cutting transport-related emissions, which account for around 30% of Greater Manchester’s carbon footprint. Metrolink is the first UK tram system to run on green energy – and we’re on our way to having 280 green hybrid and electric buses on the road – more than anywhere in the UK outside London. These are just a few high profile examples of our work, which extends to making all our bus stations and offices greener.’

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