Smarter driving on the road to ruin – #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 finally introduce that one day programme of training that they designed last year…  #Senseofurgency??

toptrump013What it says

4.31Introduce a programme of smarter driving training to reduce fleet emissions.

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

5.3.5 Council fleet
The Council will lead by ensuring improved performance of the Council’s fleet to
reduce emissions, including:
 Identifying opportunities for trialling and rolling out alternative fuels, locally
produced bio fuels and electric vehicles within the Council’s, and partners’, own
 Recommending speed limiting vehicles to 60mph whenever practicable
 Design 1 day training programme on fuel efficiency

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)

So, did they design this 1 day training programme?  Did anyone go on it?  Was there feedback collected?  Were impacts measured in any way, shape or form?   Enquiring and scrutinising minds would like to know. I feel a FOIA coming on…

What would a proper three year plan around this item look like? It would start with everyone on the Environmental Strategy Team knowing what grey fleet was.  For starters.

How can culture be shifted around this item?

Any takers?

What else should the Council be doing around this item? Any takers?

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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1 Response to Smarter driving on the road to ruin – #Manchester #climate #toptrumps

  1. gille liath says:

    How can culture be shifted?

    it’s an example of how everything depends on everything else. Biofuels are a non-solution. Speed limits are likely to have a limited effect in a dense urban area where road speeds are usually lower anyway. The only thing that makes a difference is reducing actual use. That means making services less centralised. That would be expensive, partly because transport costs don’t include the ‘external’ cost of dealing with the pollution they create. Redressing that means hugely increasing taxes on transport.

    And there’s the rub – it means asking people – everybody – to actually change the way they live.

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