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Richard Bellingham

Programme Director for Sustainable Glasgow


A city in transition from heavy industry - with significant growth in commercial and financial sectors

52% of most deprived areas in Scotland are in Glasgow

50% of homes provided by the social housing sector

30% of homes in fuel poverty

Significant public investment

2014 Commonwealth Games will create investment and high global visibility


Sustainability must balance

different policy objectives

the policy context
The Policy Context
  • EU targets for the UK is to achieve at least 15% renewable energy by 2020
  • UK target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050
  • Scottish government
    • 42% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020
    • 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050
    • eradicating fuel poverty by 2016
    • committed to 50% renewable electricity by 2020
    • developing a renewable heat strategy
    • committed to economic growth
  • Glasgow
    • 20% reduction by 2020 (EU Covenant of Mayors)
the role of cities
The Role of Cities
  • Cities are major concentrations of people and resources
    • Currently over half of the world’s population
    • 75% of the world’s energy
    • 80% of world greenhouse gas emissions
issues faced by cities
Issues faced by cities

Cities do not believe it is their job to plan energy or carbon

Lack of skills and knowledge

Lack of political willing to take “difficult” actions

Lack of access to detailed energy data

Lack of powers to compel change

Barriers caused by business and regulatory structures


Working in partnership to:

  • Make Glasgow one of Europe’s most sustainable cities within 10 years
  • Technically and financially deliverable
  • Improve lifestyles and opportunities for Glasgow’s people and businesses
  • Make Glasgow a leader in sustainable urban living

Strategy Development

Integrate, Plan, and Develop Relationships


Projects and initiatives

The Sustainable Glasgow Process

Revise Strategy

strategy development
Strategy Development

Map energy demand and carbon emissions

Understand the city’s resources and infrastructure

Identify key stakeholders and investment projects

Identify major carbon reduction opportunities

Analyse technical and financial viability

Join opportunities and projects together so they

support each other

current total carbon emissions
Current total carbon emissions

Around 4 million tonnes per annum

key findings
Key Findings
  • Glasgow can reduce its carbon emissions by over 30% within 10 years
  • £1.5 billion in investment
low carbon opportunities
Low carbon opportunities
  • Reducing wasteful or unnecessary energy use
  • Improving the efficiency of energy systems
  • Reducing use of high carbon fuels
  • Exploiting local renewable energy resources
  • Reusing the city’s waste for low carbon energy
  • Promote sustainable transport options
estimated carbon reductions
Estimated Carbon Reductions
  • Combined Heat and Power/District Heating 9%
  • Biomass 2%
  • Biogas and Waste to Energy systems 6%
  • Other renewable energy systems 3%
  • Sustainable Transport systems 3%
  • Phasing out high carbon fuels 3%
  • Smart Grids, energy management and energy efficiency 6%
more than technology
More than technology
  • Engage the enthusiasm and talent of Glasgow’s people, communities, and businesses
  • Create a supportive public policy environment
  • Change attitudes and behaviours

Delivering Sustainable Glasgow

Coherent Strategy

Leadership, support and direction


Resources, expertise and funding

Business models and investment

Supportive public policy




Involving Communities

Monitoring progress


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Key Findings
  • Understand your city first
    • Energy use, infrastructure, future development, social issues, key stakeholders
  • Political support is vital
  • Delivering significant city-wide carbon emission reductions requires major change
  • Integrated approach

-Reduces risks – increases successful outcomes

deliver tangible benefits
Deliver tangible benefits

Sustainable Glasgow can:

  • Create a decade of investment
  • Deliver jobs
  • Attract new businesses
  • Help tackle fuel poverty
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Create new revenue streams
  • Make Glasgow a cleaner city
  • Help develop communities
  • Make Glasgow a leader in sustainable urban living
  • Help transform Glasgow’s image on a world stage

Clear potential to extend the Sustainable Glasgow model to other cities

  • Strong interest in working with EU programmes and partnerships with other cities