HOW Trafford should respond to the climate emergency has been released in a report, but the document is now being slammed as "not fit for purpose".

The report was hailed by one Labour executive member as "a good news story", has been described as "stark" by the Trafford Green Party’s leader.

The study says in seven years’ time, Trafford will have used up its entire carbon budget and calls for a 13.4 per cent reduction in emissions each year from now on.

It identifies key organisations which must work towards the shared aim of reducing emissions in the borough. Specific actions and policies to achieve this reduction are yet to be decided.

Cllr Geraldine Coggins, Greens leader said: "The council’s draft action plan in response to this emergency is not fit for purpose. We need hard numbers and dates. We need a route, not just a direction."

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Labour environment executive member, said work would begin immediately on what exact steps to take.

He says carbon off-setting is not necessarily enough to tackle the problem and other options would be required as part of the strategy.