PRESS RELEASE: UKGBC responds to Greater Manchester’s pledge for net zero carbon new development by 2028

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today responded to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s target to make all new development net zero carbon by 2028, detailed in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Revised Draft.
Manchester city

Published on

January 7, 2019





John Alker, Director of Policy and Places at UKGBC said:

“Brexit might dominate the nation’s political agenda, but the global climate emergency is growing by the day. Today’s announcement shows Greater Manchester to be a national, if not international leader in net zero carbon policy and is a typically forthright challenge to central Government, which has dragged its heels on zero carbon buildings for most of the last decade.

“As ever, the devil is in the detail, but this leaves no doubt about the direction of travel. This is a challenge that the industry can and should embrace, leading to better buildings for both people and planet.”


Notes to editors

‘Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes Jobs and the Environment – Overview, Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Revised Draft – January 2019’ is available here.


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