Manchester - Zero Carbon City by 2038

On 14th November 2018, Manchester City Council adopted new science-based climate change targets on behalf of the city to become zero carbon by 2038. The Playing Our Full Part document confirmed that – for domestic property – this would involve reducing energy demand and shifting to lower carbon heat sources, lifting families out of fuel poverty and saving residents money on their energy bills, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A year later to the day, Cogent Events opened the doors to the North West edition of Low Carbon Homes. Working with Manchester City Council, Manchester Climate Change Agency and wider stakeholders, the event’s programme was curated to ensure that speakers and delegates at the 14th November event tackled the particular challenges of retrofitting existing housing stock, and helped develop the Zero Carbon Framework 2020-38, and the city’s emerging Zero Carbon Housing Strategy.

For further information on Manchester’s zero carbon ambition visit

Post-Event key info

It really was a packed, fast-paced day! Speakers from across the UK, North West and Ireland inspired and informed on all-things retrofit.

We had a fabulous line-up of exhibitors. Heat Pump Focus ran throughout the day, featuring talks and exhibits where visitors found heat pump answers for projects of any scale.

Below 👇 you can view and download the slides, the list of registered participants and the day’s programme of activities.

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Regional Supporters

“We’re delighted to be able to host Low Carbon Homes in Manchester as we recognise the challenge of updating our existing housing stock to meet our Low Carbon targets and reduce fuel poverty. It’s an important initiative which we are proud to support.”

Cllr. Suzanne Richards, Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, Manchester City Council

Supported by

The Green Register; Procure PlusURBED;  Carbon Co-opUniversity of Salford;  Business Growth HubNorthern PowerhouseEuropean Union ERDF;


Cllr. Suzanne Richards

Manchester City Council

The Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, Cllr. Richards lead...

About Cllr.

David Kemp

Procure Plus

David is responsible for energy efficiency and renewable energy-relate...

About David

Jonathan Atkinson

Carbon Coop

Jonathan Atkinson is an environmental campaigner and co-founder of Car...

About Jonathan

Marianne Heaslip


An Associate Principal at URBED, Marianne is an architect and retrofit...

About Marianne

Will Swan

University of Salford

Prof. Will Swan is the Director of the Energy House Laboratories (EHL)...

About Will

Lesley Rudd

Sustainable Energy Association (SEA)

As Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association, Lesley draws...

About Lesley

Jonny Sadler

Manchester Climate Change Agency

Jonny is Programme Director for the Manchester Climate Change Agency. ...

About Jonny

Lucy Pedler

The Green Register

Lucy Pedler, BA Arch, Dip. Arch, ARB, RIBA Lucy is an architect wit...

About Lucy

Charlie Baker

Red Co-operative

Charlie has designed many things from furniture to housing co-operativ...

About Charlie

Nathan Gambling


Nathan is a leading lecturer and assessor in the heating and plumbing ...

About Nathan

Bean Beanland

Ground-Source Heat Pump Association & Heat Pump Association

A Physics graduate from Imperial College, Bean is the Chairman of the ...

About Bean

Aneaka Kaur Kellay

Carbon Coop

Aneaka has worked in the Retrofit Team at Carbon Co-op for over four y...

About Aneaka

Gavin Dick

National Landlords Association

Prior to joining the NLA in 2012, Gavin worked within the energy secto...

About Gavin

Liam Schofield

Carbon Co-op

Liam has worked in PassivHaus and EnerPhit construction for 8 years, b...

About Liam

Declan Daly


Declan is SuperHomes Programme Manager and joined the agency in 2016. ...

About Declan

Wendy Osborn


Wendy has a background in skills, higher education and degree apprenti...

About Wendy

Aileen McDonnell


Aileen founded B4 Box Ltd in 2009. The company has generated over £85...

About Aileen

Rob Berridge

Rob Berridge Heating Design

Rob's company specialises in the design of heating and water systems, ...

About Rob

Ian Rippin

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

Ian Rippin is the CEO of MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) wh...

About Ian

Stephen O'Brien

National Energy Action (NEA)

National Energy Action (NEA) is the national charity seeking to end fu...

About Stephen

Heat System Optimisation

Heat Pump Focus Showcase

Heat Pump Focus

Heat Pump Focus is free-to-attend event featuring exhibits, talks and presentations within Low Carbon Homes providing all-day access for invited visitors and Low Carbon Homes delegates who are interested in learning more about heat pumps.

Heat Pump Focus allows visitors to talk directly with manufacturers, designers, associated service providers and trade associations in a dedicated space.

Heat Pump Focus, supported by the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and Heat Pump Association, provides an opportunity for the heat pump industry to demonstrate how it can help Manchester and the wider region meet its low carbon ambitions.

Supply Chain Expo

Low Carbon Homes North West will be showcasing the following organisations who will be providing support and low carbon solutions::

Meet our partners: Carbon Co-op; URBED; University of Salford; Procure Plus; Growth Hub;

Meet our supporters: IMI Hydronic Engineering; Spirotech; Proflush; Green Building Store; Hydroheat; UK Hempcrete; Hetta Systems; SunAmp;


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