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  1. Sustainable Glasgow

  2. Richard Bellingham Programme Director for Sustainable Glasgow richard.bellingham@strath.ac.uk

  3. www.sustainableglasgow.org.uk

  4. 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

  5. Sustainability must balance different policy objectives

  6. 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)

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Vision 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

  10. Strategy Development Integrate, Plan, and Develop Relationships Implement Projects and initiatives The Sustainable Glasgow Process Revise Strategy

  11. 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

  12. Current total carbon emissions Around 4 million tonnes per annum

  13. Key Findings • Glasgow can reduce its carbon emissions by over 30% within 10 years • £1.5 billion in investment

  14. A New Approach

  15. A New Approach

  16. A New Approach

  17. 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

  18. 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%

  19. Combined Map of Opportunities

  20. Integrated Low Carbon EnergySystems

  21. 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

  22. Delivering Sustainable Glasgow Coherent Strategy Leadership, support and direction Partnership Resources, expertise and funding Business models and investment Supportive public policy Communications Consultation Consultation Involving Communities Monitoring progress 24

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. Working in partnership

  26. Clear potential to extend the Sustainable Glasgow model to other cities • Strong interest in working with EU programmes and partnerships with other cities richard.bellingham@strath.ac.uk