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Building a Zero Carbon Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester has a unique opportunity – to lead the way towards a sustainable zero-carbon future, in its buildings and built environment. The city-region is already on track for its 2020 target, but the harder steps are still to come. This calls for new models for design and construction, finance and business, science and technology, social innovation  and joined up governance. How to put them all together?

This workshop is a preparation for the GM Green Summit on March 21st

We aim to produce a ‘route-map’ in stages for the short, medium and longer term, which is practical and credible and ready to roll.

CURE at the Manchester Urban Institute is hosting this invited workshop, at

The agenda is on Pre-summit Building Workshop – program

The Green Summit background pack is on GM GS Listening Events Event Pack D3

Slides and briefing papers on the Greater Manchester zero-carbon challenge –

Green Summit pre-workshop – 10 point plan – Charlie Baker

Green Summit pre-workshop – Heating the Future – Mark Atherton GMCA

Green Summit pre-workshop – Listening Event – Mark Atherton GMCA

Green Summit pre-workshop – Social Justice – Stefan Bouzarovski UOM

Green Summit pre-workshop – Innovate smart buildings – Mei Ren

Green Summit pre-workshop – whole building retrofit – Charlie Baker (80MB)

Green Summit pre-workshop – Energy Positive Commercial, Industrial and Residential – Chris Hayes (18MB)

Green Summit pre-workshop – synergistic pathways – Joe Ravetz UOM

Transformation Moment – Alan Simpson


The workshop template –

GM green summit pre workshop – route-map template – JR – v3 – 01-03-18

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The workshop builds on previous and ongoing work, featured on the following pages:

Mini-Lab – (2016-2018) – an innovative partnership between the University of Manchester and the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub (funding from ESRC-IAA). This follows on 4 collaborations in progress: Future of Cities: Eco-Cities / RESIN: Triangulum: and Living Labs. It is building and testing a prototype for a ‘collective urban intelligence’.

– ‘GM2040’ Future of Cities project (2014-16) – this is a futures project from the start of the Devo Manc program.  It provides a public resource for strategic thinking, i.e. 4 alternative scenarios for the city-region in the 25 years ahead.