Manchester City Council’s bureaucrats have consistently assured councillors that it was “on target” to hit its 41% by 2020 carbon emissions reduction.
So, without any consultation with the wider community a group of councillors has put forward a motion to full Council on Wednesday that… blithely accepts the abandonment of the 41% target.
The council, in its “leadership” role, is now aiming for 27%. Which it will get by flogging off more buildings and keeping fingers crossed for warmer winters. Whether it also expects the city (whose business emissions are going up) to let itself of the hook, who can say. This is how the Council leads, it seems. And this is how our elected representatives holds the Executive and the bureaucracy to account.
Can abandonment of the “low carbon culture” goal be far behind?