One of the few victories Manchester Climate Monthly could point to was forcing the Council to produce quarterly climate reports (they promised it, under pressure, didn’t deliver it, and then following more pressure, did). And now they’ve stopped, following a ‘decision made verbally by the Executive Member for the Environment’.
This is how we drive a low carbon culture, of course.
Are the supine Labour Councillors going to fight back? Ha ha ha. And what does Friends of the Earth, that doughty watchdog think? Well, presumably, whatever the Executive wants to do is fine with them. And this is how we do democracy and transparency in Manchester.
Below is a Freedom of Information Request (not by MCFly) submitted in
July, September [MCFly editor’s error] and the answer, given on 4th October.
Please can I have a copy of the following documents: “Carbon Reduction Monitoring Report Quarter One 2018/19” which may alternatively be entitled “Q1 Carbon Reduction Report 18/19” and “Climate Change Action Plan 2016-20 Quarter 1 2018/19 Progress Report” which may alternatively be entitled “Climate Change Action Plan Q1 2018/19 report” and any document which would explain why the above two documents haven’t been put on the councils website yet.
Quarterly carbon emissions and progress against actions reports are no longer published by the Council. A decision was made verbally by the Executive Member for Environment. Previously, the Council collated some buildings and transport related emissions data on a quarterly basis. However, these reports were unable to represent finalised and complete energy data for all of our operations as not all records of our operations are fully updated immediately after the end of the quarter (e.g. energy billing and staff business mileage claims). The most accurate and complete picture of the Council’s full direct CO2 emissions can be found in the annual carbon emissions report. This report is produced each summer, once the data from the previous year has been collated and verified and can be found here https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/3266/neighbourhoods_and_environment_scrutiny_committee