Andy Burnham set an ambitious target for Greater Manchester to become a carbon neutral and leading green city region in Europe by 2036. Following up on last year’s community energy workshop that developed a vision and series of ‘asks’ from different sectors, we would like to invite you to a workshop to complete Greater Manchester’s Community Energy Action Plan which will feed into the Green Summit #2 later in March.

The workshop will focus on practical Action and Delivery for the next five years.

Speakers will update us in brief on policy and initiatives including:

 Cllr Alex Ganotis, Green City Region Portfolio Holder & Stockport Council Leader - Update on last year’s workshop & Green Summit

 Andy Hunt, Oldham Council – COALESCEE project update and action plan

 James Johnson, Head of Regional Programme, Local Energy North West Hub

 Matt Andrews, Leapfrog Finance - social investment and update on latest projects

 Helen Seagrave, Community Manager, Electricity NW – funding, support & engagement

And on recent and imminent projects:

 Rebecca Lawson, Forum for the Future - Power Paired: site finding for Community Energy

 Ali Abbas, Greater Manchester Community Renewables – latest projects & plans

 Marianne Heaslip, Urbed & Carbon Co-op - People Powered Retrofit

 Gill Fenna, Burneside Community Energy – domestic energy supply

We will work together to develop a practical Action Plan to scale up and deliver more community energy schemes in Greater Manchester over the next five years.

The approach is participatory, problem solving, and although we may call for policy change, will focus on what’s possible by working together and collaborating. You can think big and be ambitious… it’s up to you. We will be informed by the urgency to reduce CO2 emissions significantly in the next five years. The Action Plan will be monitored by COALESCCE Phase 2 and supported by the GMCA and delivered by us all… let’s show the Green Summit what we can achieve with community energy. Can we deliver 10% of the renewable generation needed by GM in five years?

This workshop will be of interest to community energy groups, social investors, installers, developers, building owners, energy users, housing organisations, local authorities