Transport for Greater Manchester takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously. The Government has made protection of the environment and the meeting of the UK's international commitments on climate change cornerstones of its overall policies. Economic, social and environmental factors are now considered to be of equal importance when making decisions.

At the same time, our partners, including the general public, have legitimate expectations that Transport for Greater Manchester will respect the environment and be able to demonstrate this. In many cases, for instance when Transport for Greater Manchester applies for powers in major schemes or applies for grant-aid, it must show that environmental issues have been addressed. Transport for Greater Manchester started its environment work in 1994 when the proposed extensions to the Metrolink system were subjected to environmental testing.

Our main environmental initiatives include:

  • Becoming one of five European public transport organisations to take part in the Ticket to Kyoto programme; a four-year project with the goal of introducing the principle of low CO2 emissions as the new standard for public transport providers

  • Successfully bidding for and delivering 88 low-carbon vehicles through the Government's Green Bus Fund, for use on subsidised bus services, as well as Yellow School Buses and Manchester Metroshuttle vehicles, in Greater Manchester

  • Promoting the environmental advantages of public transport

  • Developing an Environmental Policy and Climate Change Strategy and action plan

  • Developing procedures and Standing Orders to ensure that environmental issues are considered in Transport for Greater Manchester activities, including scheme development

  • Participating fully in the production of the Greater Manchester Air Quality Action Plan

  • Various initiatives in partnership with operators to reduce pollution from buses

  • Transport for Greater Manchester in-house environmental initiatives including a Green Travel Plan waste minimisation and staff awareness and training

  • Achieving and retaining ISO14001 accreditation, an internationally recognised standard demonstrating our commitment to continuous improvement in our environmental performance

  • Working with stakeholders to develop the plugged in places scheme bid, which has resulted in £3.6m investment in park and plug areas for electric vehicles across Greater Manchester, to be match funded by various private sector partners.

Details of many of these, and other environmental initiatives, can be found throughout this section of the website.