From taxis to “City Car Club”. Really? #Manchester #climate #toptrumps

Manchester City Council’s carbon emissions are, even from the false baseline of 2009/10, climbing.  And so to help them achieve their rubbery targets they proclaim that they will … switch 5% if taxi trips to “City Car Club.”

toptrump011What it says

4.29 Switch 5% of taxi journeys to City Car Club

What was said last year (direct quote from 2012/13 plan)

5.3.4 “Double staff car club membership, as well as geographic spread of vehicles
particularly outside the city centre including Etrop Court (Wythenshawe) and
Alexandra House (Hulme)”

MCFly’s verdict (Is it ambitious enough, is it likely to happen, is this meaningless gibberish/stuff that they were already doing designed to pad out a thin plan, what questions about this “action” are yet to be answered etc etc)

Did the “planned” doubling of Car Club membership happen?  We simply aren’t told.  God forbid that Manchester City Council ever be at all transparent…

Questions for you, dear readers –

What would a proper three year plan around this item look like?

How can culture be shifted around this item?

What else should the Council be doing around this item?

Other info n/a

Phone numbers and emails of the organisations n/a


In 2012 Manchester City Council aimed for a 10% reduction in its own emissions. In July 2013 it claimed a 7% reduction. It was able to do this because responsibility for traffic lights moved from its books. Looking at everything else (buildings, transport) emissions went … UP by 1.8%.
So, building on that extremely strong base, the Council’s bureaucrats have proposed a series of actions to help them hit a new “7%” target. You can see the complete list here. Manchester Climate Monthly is going to take a closer look at each and every one of these 44 “actions.”

Twice a week, on “Annual Plan Tuesdays” and “Annual Plan Thursdays” we will be asking a few straightforward questions about each item. And to illustrate each post, we (Marc Hudson and Marc Roberts) are devising “Top Trump” cards for all of these actions. At two a week it will take you until December or so to collect the whole set… So far can’t give you a percentage on the 2005 figure, since the Council has been going off its 2009/10 baseline, in direct contradiction of its own plan.

And throughout all of this, we are asking YOU, the reader, and council tax payer (probably), what YOU think the Council should REALLY be doing… Because next year the council moves to a “three year plan.” And given what we already know of the low quality of the carbon plans and their implementation so far, we, the citizens, will be complicit if we remain silent…

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2 Responses to From taxis to “City Car Club”. Really? #Manchester #climate #toptrumps

  1. So they are not encouraging their staff to get on their bike or to use public transport? This despite them claiming how bike-friendly the city has become and how good our public transport is.

  2. rogerbysouth says:

    When I worked for MCC (until July 2011) I got paid £1.11 each day I cycled in the course of my work i.e. went for meeting/s etc somewhere I couldn’t fairly quickly walk to. This suited me fine, but as a system could no doubt have been polished up a bit. I was enthusiastic to cycle from City Centre all the way up to Heaton Park or south to Wythenshawe (yes and the airport). That would be pushing it (literally) for some maybe, but the majority of current taxi journeys could be done perfectly well by bike. Come on, it doesn’t rain that much. Health and cash benefits. Sedentary bureaucrats get sick. Local gov’t now has responsibility for public health. Savings ploughed into pool bikes which I gather were used a bit when Town Hall staff decamped to One First Street for a couple of years). Can we find out the costs of each of these elements?

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