GM Green Summit 2020– Taking Action: Today, Tomorrow and Together.

3rd September 2020, 1:19 pm

The 3rd annual Greater Manchester Green Summit will take place this September to discuss how we can build a greener and more sustainable Greater Manchester. This year the Summit will be a virtual event, taking place from 21st– 24th September 2020.

The Summit will be co-hosted by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, with the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority, to enable young people to discuss and challenge the issues that matter to them to work towards Greater Manchester Going Greener.

The Summit will debate the 6 environmental themes outlined in Our Greater Manchester five year environment plan (March 2019). The plan sets out our long term vision to be carbon neutral by 2038 and details what we need to do now and in the future to achieve this.

Each day of the summit will highlight one of the Greater Manchester environment plan themes and feature a workshops delivered by the Youth Combined Authority.


Monday 21st September


Protecting, maintaining and enhancing and our Natural Environment

Managing Land and Water Sustainably

Biodiversity Net Gain and Nature Recovery

Investment (GM Environment Fund, IGNITION)

Communications and engagement (Urban Pioneer & Natural Environment)

Resilience (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption


Tuesday 22nd September


Shift to renewable energy sources.
Reducing CO2 emissions that are produced by the energy use to power our buildings, transport and heat.

Wednesday 23rd September


Move to more sustainable production and consumption of resources & reducing the heat demand in homes.
Managing our Waste Sustainably
Becoming a Responsible Consumer
Circular Economy in GM (SMEs)

Thursday 24th September:


Looking forward to our Green Recovery and considering actions and opportunities to build back cleaner and greener in Greater Manchester.


Our GM Green Summit 2020 Objectives

  • To provide an update on progress made against each theme in the 5 year environment plan.
  • To demonstrate how Greater Manchester is Doing Things Differently by encouraging action, innovation and investment today, to accelerate change and achieve impact tomorrow.
  • To engage national and international audiences in how Greater Manchester is going greener.
  • Communicating and engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders is critical in supporting the successful delivery of the five year Environment Plan.


Keynote Speakers:

We have brought together a selection of expert speakers to explore what a greener Greater Manchester would look like and what we need to do at achieve it.

Emma Howard-Boyd, Environment Agency

Chris Boardman MBE

John Scanlon, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

More speakers will be announced soon.

Spotlight sessions: TBC

All sessions will be delivered virtually and will be available online throughout the Summit.

The GM Green Summit gives citizens, businesses and communities interested in improving and enhancing Greater Manchester an opportunity to have their voice heard and to get involved. We want the Summit to be inclusive and accessible so feel free to drop in at any time during the week.

To register or find out more about what to expect visit:


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