The mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham has ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green city-regions in the UK and Europe. The annual Greater Manchester Combined Authority ‘Green Summit’ is an opportunity to galvanise commitment to the plan and to unify actions.
This year’s event set out an environmental vision to achieve a carbon neutrality date and launch the pathway for the next five years and beyond. The event was also used to announce the GMCA’s support of The Green Carrier Scheme and to showcase the prototype of a specially branded Greater Manchester ‘Green Carrier’.
Dual use compostable carrier bags have been avaiable in Co-op stores for many years and recently The Co-op made them the only option in 1,400 of their 2,500 locations. With the support of the GMCA the Green Carrier Scheme can introduce the benefits of the product to retailers and consumers throughout the Greater Manchester region.
Speaking at the summit, the Co-op’s retail chief commercial officer Michael Fletcher said “It is our aim to find more sustainable alternative solutions to plastic, while driving and delivering innovations for today. But we can’t do it alone, which is why partnerships are key to our plan and are essential as we work to together to keep plastics out of the environment and make a difference to the momentum for change”.