The council has declared a climate emergency, and have now set a challenging target of 2038 for carbon neutrality in the city.
In Charlestown a Hydro Weir will use the flow of the River Irwell to generate enough power for 200 homes a year when it is operational in 2022.
All the council’s assets are being used as sustainable energy opportunities, with 1,800 solar panels set to be installed on public buildings at 11 sites across the city. The panels will save 23 tonnes of carbon each year which is the equivalent of planting 1,000 trees. A solar farm being built in Little Hulton will have over 5,000 panels and generate enough power for more than 430 homes each year. Heat source pumps are also being installed in council buildings.
Over the past ten years the council has invested £126m in green spaces, creating new country parks and walking and cycling routes across the city, increasing support for sustainable transport. There are approximately 15km of off-road and on-road segregated cycle routes – along with more than 20km of shared footways and on-road markings for cyclists.
In addition, the council now has 12 electric vans for council areas such as recycling collection monitoring, fly-tipping investigation and enforcement; dog, animal and pest welfare and control.
Councillor Mike McCusker, lead member for planning and sustainable development at Salford City Council, said: “Protecting our city for future generations is vitally important and we are fully committed. We’re urging businesses to take the zero carbon pledge on Friday. The overall aim is to be carbon neutral by 2038 and that will only be possible if we take drastic action now.
“We have plans for 417 homes with sustainable energy as a standard with our own housing company. We’re committed to working with housing partners to expand retrofitting plans, and supporting Greater Manchester in plans for improvements to public transport but there needs to be a national commitment from Government for urgent funding in advance of COP in Glasgow on from 31 October.
“We’re already getting prepared for changes in the climate and have flood protection measures in place, both the river Irwell and surface water. The changes already in motion will impact local people and the most vulnerable will be hit hardest.
“There are great businesses in Salford that are really stepping up to address the climate emergency. However, we also know it’s a massive challenge, and we need all the help we can get from businesses and residents to make a difference on climate change.”
The electric bus is travelling from Cornwall to Glasgow, where the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
At RHS Bridgewater the GMCA is calling for businesses to make a concept of net zero pledge.
Salford City Council has released a video to highlight to what is being done in the city to tackle the climate emergency and galvanise local support. Please see the video below: