Cities, devolution and low carbon progress

What devolution could mean for the environment
Cities, devolution and low carbon progress
Our ‘cities, devolution and low carbon progress’ project sets out to explore what the devolution process means for tackling low carbon and wider environmental issues in a devolved context, and to work with MPs and regional leaders to start finding answers to this.

We held a constituency workshop in Truro, Cornwall on 27 November 2015, hosted by Sarah Newton MP. Under the title 'What Cornwall can do for itself on energy, transport, and nature', it brought together 26 representatives from Cornwall Council, local businesses, community and environment groups, academia, and other local stakeholders. Attendees explored what Cornwall’s devolution deal means for energy, transport and nature, what the opportunities and risks are, what powers Cornwall already has and what more is needed.

Greater Manchester
The second constituency workshop took place in Manchester, on 29 January 2016 and was hosted by the Labour MP for Bury South, Ivan Lewis. Under the title ‘What Manchester can do to build a Greener Economy’, 21 representatives from the Greater Manchester councils, local business, civil society, academia and other local stakeholders discussed how Manchester is already building an industrial, economic low carbon hub, and how new devolutionary powers might boost investment and jobs in the low carbon sector. They also explored how the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ narrative might provide interesting opportunities for how to lead on low carbon from a devolved perspective and what the transfer of power could mean for local communities and businesses.

Read our 2016 briefing, which draws together the conclusions of these workshops and offers wider lessons for other areas

London and Greater Manchester
Green Alliance held two constituency workshops in Greater Manchester, on 9 September 2016, and in London, on 30 September 2016 to discuss how the cities’ transport systems could be cleaned up to reduce the impacts of air pollution on people and the environment. Hosted by Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, and Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, respectively, they brought together over 30 city stakeholders, including local politicians and representatives from business, civil society and academia.

Read our 2017 briefing which draws together the conclusions of these workshops and offers ideas on improving city transport, showing how national policy can best support local initiatives.

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