Manchester Council's climate emergency target could be brought forward by eight years after an amendment from the Liberal Democrats was successful today (10/07/19).
Manchester Council declared a climate emergency today and pledged to make the city carbon neutral by 2038.
This could now be brought forward by eight years, from 2038 to 2030, after a Lib Dem amendment proved successful.
It marks the first time a Liberal Democrat amendment has been accepted by Labour on Manchester Council in over a decade.
The amendment follows advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who claim that after 2030, climate change will be irreversible.
Lib Dem councillor Richard Kilpatrick, who tabled the amendment, said:
"I'm really pleased that our amendment passed today. This is a huge step forward in tackling the climate emergency but there is so much more we must do to protect the future of our planet.
"Bringing the target forward by eight years will increase pressure on the Council, the city's leaders, business and organisations to take the emergency seriously – but it is not enough.
"There is much more Manchester Council must do – and immediately. It must denounce and halt the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) from investing more than £1bn into the fracking and fossil fuel industry which is at complete odds with our mission to save the planet.
"We owe it to the next generation to take this crisis seriously and quickly."