Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey MP, recently visited the Greater Manchester region to sign an agreement between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), in recognition of its deliverance of low carbon initiatives.
It is also a commitment from the Government to design and deliver new green initiatives in Greater Manchester and will mean millions in funding to pioneer new low carbon approaches.
His visit included the multi-million pound low carbon refurbishment of Manchester's historic Town Hall complex.
The Minister also received updates on AGMA's activities in deploying Green Deal 'Go Early' funding, to ensure Greater Manchester has the right combination of skills, installers, technologies and incentives to help residents and businesses cut energy use and improve their buildings.
Mr Davey then met with the Leader of Manchester City Council and other key stakeholders to sign the agreement, supporting the development of Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub.
The Hub aims to combine the knowledge of GM's universities with the innovation of its businesses under the governance of the Combined Authority, working in partnership to deliver a low carbon future.
Finally the Secretary of State travelled on the new Metrolink line to Oldham, hearing about the work being done to cut carbon across the transport system.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Chair of Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub Board, said: "Cities provide the key to unlocking a low carbon future.
“This agreement cements a unique partnership with DECC, creating opportunities and savings for our businesses and residents. Working with DECC in this way provides an opportunity for Greater Manchester's ideas and innovative projects to shape future policy across the UK and beyond."
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