Building the future: making a greener Manchester

“Think about how many really high-quality jobs are bound up in the mission to retrofit buildings,” says Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham


  • Mark Williams

13 November 2023

What do devolved powers mean for Greater Manchester and its ability to make independent decisions on its built environment? Why is net zero a key part of the region’s plans to reindustrialise? And can local authorities penalise landlords who don’t take care of the properties they own?

That’s what Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester discusses with Emma Causer, UK and Ireland market director at RICS, in the latest episode of the Modus podcast.

As part of their conversation on the sustainable future of Greater Manchester, Burnham explains why bringing buses back under public control is a key part of the region’s five-year environment plan. “This is important because you can’t dictate the pace of decarbonisation unless you control the system,” he says.

He also highlights the amount of high-quality jobs needed for the mission to retrofit buildings, the value of including green space in new developments and why strong transport infrastructure is crucial for the growth of a city.

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Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham is the mayor of Greater Manchester and a former Labour cabinet minister. He was first elected mayor in May 2017, and was re-elected for a second term in May 2021.

Emma Causer headshot

Emma Causer

Emma Causer is UK and Ireland market director at RICS. She is also the co-founder of Balance the Board, a non-profit organisation that aims to bring diversity and inclusion to company boardrooms.


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