Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged that the region will move towards a zero-emission bus fleet, after signing up to an international pledge last week.
Mr Burnham was one of a number of city mayors to sign the declaration at the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities (EMTA) conference in Paris â€“ which was also attended by Franceâ€™s Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne and other senior transport officials.
The collective ambition is to achieve low to zero-carbon transport networks in cities and metropolitan areas across Europe.
The Mayor said: â€œIt was important for me to join other European city mayors in signing this declaration of intent to move to zero-emission buses. It was a significant moment at this yearâ€™s EMTA conference and now the declaration has been signed we need the industry to come forward with solutions.
â€œWe know thereâ€™s an urgent need to improve air quality and thatâ€™s recognised across the continent. One of my key objectives for Greater Manchester is to improve public awareness and understanding of air pollution, and drive action to reduce emissions.
â€œWeâ€™ve already started this important work. Earlier this year we secured Â£3m to retrofit high polluting buses with the technology to reduce tailpipe emissions and previous funding has allowed us to turn all our Yellow School Buses â€“ which have taken millions of car journeys off the road â€“ into an eco-friendly fleet.
â€œI also recently announced Â£243m of funding to buy more trams and improve cycling and walking infrastructure across the city-region, helping tackle air pollution and the debilitating effects of congestion.
â€œWeâ€™re at an early stage, but Iâ€™m hopeful that, by working closely with colleagues at home and abroad, weâ€™ll meet these challenges head-on.â€
Signatories pledged to prioritise the introduction of â€˜clean vehiclesâ€™Â and support a move towards low- and zero- emission bus fleets, as soon as and wherever possible.