Sustainable Glasgow will mean regeneration

29 Jan 2010

Glasgow, the dear green place, is about to become greener thanks to a unique project to drive down carbon emissions and meet the city's future energy needs.

Sustainable Glasgow has launched its report into how the city aims to become one of Europe's most sustainable cities in the next 10 years.

The report, believed to be the first of its kind in the field of sustainability, is the culmination of a year-long study by Sustainable Glasgow, a consortium led by the University of Strathclyde. The unparalleled strategic approach taken by the city will enable Glasgow to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% within 10 years while at the same time creating jobs, tackling fuel poverty and regenerating the city.

It is estimated the green energy projects will bring in £1.5billion of new investment into the city during that period.

Recommendations in the report include initiatives such as the:

  • creation of systems to turn the city's sewage and municipal waste into biogas
  • creation of urban woodlands in the city's vacant land - literally making Glasgow greener
  • development of a district heating system for the city -starting in five identified zones
  • increased use of biogas and electrically powered vehicles
  • phasing out electrical, coal and oil heating across the city
  • development of highly efficient natural gas/biogas fuelled Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems
  • development of a smart grid system
  • projects to engage with the citizens of Glasgow to encourage behavioural change

Launching the report was Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council who was joined by Jim Mather, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Professor Jim McDonald, Principal, University of Strathclyde and Joel Scheraga from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with other consortium partners and more than 150 industry leaders.

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  • Aerial view of Glasgow and the River Clyde