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Manchester named ‘greenest city’ in the UK

The city came first place out of 16 across the country.

Manchester is the most green city in the UK, according to a recent survey commissioned by Honda.

The city’s residents received the highest score for the eco measures taken in each household including the amount of waste, recycling or composting and the average percentage of CO2 emissions. 

The study also measured household energy efficiency based on measures introduced under the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal (GD).

ECO refers to a government scheme which aims to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions with medium and large energy suppliers funding the measures in British households.

Meanwhile, GD was reintroduced in 2017 and is when the government offers loans for selected energy efficient home improvements, backed by private investors.

Results from the research also found that 46% of residents said that they have limited their use of plastic compared to the national average of 37%.

The city’s residents also scored highly for their eco-friendly attitudes with 6% of respondents stating that they commute in an electric car either via driving or carpooling which was the highest amount from all 16 cities.

Additionally, Manchester is on target to achieve its bold ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2038, 12 years ahead of the UK government’s own target.

Rebecca Stead, Head of Automobiles at Honda UK said: “With global warming and climate change being one of the biggest concerns to face our planet, there is no denying that there is an ever-growing importance to address what we do now to protect the world we live in.

“It’s important we all do what we can to take steps to help the environment and we want to champion those that are doing this.

“We hope this research will also encourage more people to do the same and take any step they can – big and small – to protect the planet.”

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