THE future is most certainly green for Tameside – and if you want proof, just take a look at Dukinfield Town Hall over the next few evenings.
From March 18 to 22 the building will be floodlit in green to mark the run-up to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham’s green summit on Friday, March 25.
Mr Burnham wants to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green city regions in Europe – an ambition that was supported at last year’s Tameside Green Summit called by the executive leader of Tameside Council, Cllr Brenda Warrington.
Among the commitments authorities are being asked to make is that when procuring contracts for electricity supply, they should only use renewable energy tariffs. Tameside Council has already done this with its own contract, which takes effect on April 1.
Cllr Warrington said: “At the Tameside Green Summit, I stressed that the consequences of not protecting the environment, cleaning up our air and living sustainably are grave and endanger our children and grandchildren’s futures.
“We can all play our part by making small but achievable changes in consumption and lifestyle. One of these is changing to a green energy tariff, which can be done very easily through the Big Clean Switch. By working together we can make a difference.”
The Big Clean Switch is taking place in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which has set a target of cutting carbon emissions to 48 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2020.
By changing to a green tariff, people can cut pollution, fight climate change and save money at the same time.
Big Clean Switch, which is working with the UK’s leading businesses, councils and renewable energy suppliers, only lists tariffs from suppliers that guarantee 100 per cent of the electricity they sell is matched by energy from renewables: sun, wind, water and biofuels.
A BCS spokesman explained: “The cost of generating renewable electricity has plummeted over the last decade, which is why moving to a clean energy tariff can now save many people money.
“In Greater Manchester you could make a major saving by switching from a standard variable rate with a big supplier.”
If you’re interested in changing to cleaner, cheaper, energy, visit www.bigcleanswitch.org