By Daniel Hunter

Businesses in Manchester are being urged to join the campaign to make the city the UK's greenest economy.

Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub says there are more than 1,950 low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) sector companies in Greater Manchester, employing 37,000 people and have a collective annual turnover of £5.4 billion. Total sales within the local sector are the third highest of all the English sub-regions — amounting to a massive 5% national share.

“Greater Manchester could be the greenest economy in the UK, but we need the full support of our thriving low carbon and environmental businesses,” said Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Chair of the Low Carbon Hub Board.

“The Low Carbon Hub is helping to link the local LCEGS supply chain to new sustainability opportunities through the public procurement process and by providing support and guidance to SMEs. Our aim is to raise the profile of this flourishing sector and use the strength of our green economy to attract inward investment from overseas companies.”

Matt Chassagne of ENER-G, a member of the LCEGS group, said: “There are many exciting sustainability projects in the pipeline for Greater Manchester, such as retrofitting homes and workplaces, creating more renewable and low carbon capacity, designing energy efficiency programmes, and increasing low-carbon skills. The Hub’s aims are very ambitious and success hinges on local businesses like ours getting involved in making Manchester greener.”