• Country: United Kingdom
  • Population: 498,800
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: Councillor Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council
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City Introduction

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, with an estimated population of 498,800 in 2010. Manchester lies within one of the United Kingdom’s largest urban areas; the Greater Manchester Urban Area which has a population of 2.2 million.

Starting at the turn of the 19th century the City saw the rapid growth and expansion of textile manufacturing, spurred by technological innovation. This led to the rapid but unplanned urbanisation of what had been a small town into the world’s first industrialised city dubbed “Cottonopolis” and “Warehouse City”. Since the 1960’s Manchester has suffered from the decline of many of its traditional manufacturing industries, leading to the regeneration of many parts of the city from the late 80’s onwards, that has seen the diversification its economy away from traditional manufacturing to a service-based economy.

Going forward Manchester recognises the importance of tackling climate change for the future development and growth of the City, this has lead to the adoption of “Manchester. A Certain Future” which sets out a strategic framework of actions that need to be taken by organisations and individuals throughout the City to address the challenges and opportunities of climate change between now and 2020.

The actions aim collectively to substantially reduce the city’s emissions of CO2 and to achieve a change in culture that enables residents, businesses and other organisations to take steps to adopt and implement the principles of a low carbon economy.

The aim, by 2015 Manchester will be a “Green City” proud of its rapidly improving local and global environmental performance and the contribution of the environmental sector, and with sustainable transport, to economic growth”.

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Related Initiatives

1.  Retrofit of Manchester City Council buildings with smart meters and other monitoring equipment to ensure digitally enabled energy efficiency across the Manchester City Council estate holdings;

2.  Green digital audit of current ICT services and facilities within Manchester City Council, including external data centre capacity;
3.  Digital masterplanning within the new Digital Strategy to provide a digital ‘design guide’ for digital infrastructure, including data/hosting centres and fibre/wireless networks;

4.  Manchester Living Lab to provide examples of best practice working within Manchester City Council as well as with partners in the public sector (e.g. universities, National Health Service etc.), private sector and the voluntary and community sector;

5.  Low Carbon Data Network (Lo-Da-Net) developing a sensor network linked to public WiFi network and the development of citizen sensors through self-build Arduino equipment with education and training through the Manchester Digital Lab (MadLab) and local SMEs.