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New art competition sees schools tackle hate crime

Schools across Glasgow have been invited to take part in a new art competition ahead of the city’s annual Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) next month.

Young people are being asked to submit entries representing what hate crime means to them. There is a £250 prize for the winning entry in each category – Primary School Award and Secondary School Award.

A selection of the entries will go on display in the City Chambers during HCAW which runs from 7 – 13 October.

Glasgow was the first city in Scotland to mark HCAW.  The city took up the campaign to encourage activity to address hate crime and to educate and raise awareness of the harm and devastation it causes.

Now in its fifth year, HCAW encourages the public – victims and witnesses – to speak out and report hate crime incidents.

The council has a team of ambassadors who deliver training and foster support around hate crime awareness. It encourages agencies to work alongside partners in both public and voluntary sectors as well as in communities affected by hate crime.

A hate crime is any crime motivated by prejudice or hate against a person because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years, welcomed schools involvement this year.

He said: “Improving public awareness of hate crime and how to respond to it is at the heart of this campaign. This includes educating our young people about diversity, equality and inclusion.

“We all have a responsibility to stand up against hate crime in all its forms. It’s important that we all work together towards creating a society where everyone feels respected and valued.

“I’m delighted to have our schools – both primary and secondary – involved this year and look forward to seeing what young people think about hate crime and what it means to them through their submissions.”

Schools have until Thursday 26 September to submit their entries.

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Glasgow to host UN conference on City Living next week

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Glasgow will host a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) conference on City Living between 11-13 September.  This is significant as the UNECE – as one of five  global economic and social commissions within the United Nations – is very influential in terms of contributing to major UN policy documents such as the 2015 Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, Transforming Our World – Agenda 2030, and the 2013 Charter on Sustainable Housing.

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UNECE has 56 member states – ranging from North American to Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and Balkan and Central Asian countries – with 263 cities of Glasgow’s size in this part of the world.

 

The conference will largely be attended by people interested in ‘making liveable places’ – community representatives, planners, architects and urbanist – who will meet visitors from the UN and expert leaders in the field.  Internationally renowned keynote speakers include James Stockard (Harvard University Graduate School of Design), who will look at differences in ‘liveability’ between Massachusetts and Scotland, and Pam Warhurst, the inspiration behind the Incredible Edible initiative in Yorkshire, who will talk about the importance and opportunity of community growing.  Other prominent speakers include the City Architect for Aarhus in Denmark.

 

Over the past four years, Glasgow has played a very specific role in supporting the UNECE through the work of the Glasgow Urban Laboratory (at the Glasgow School of Art), notably in the 2017 UN-Habitat report, Towards a city-focused, people-centred and integrated approach to the New Urban Agenda.

 

The UNECE has championed affordable and social housing, and its’ Committee for Housing and Land Management is interested in Glasgow’s (and Scotland’s) commitment to community-owned social housing as a model to sit alongside social housing provided by local authorities and the private sector.

 

Glasgow is of particular interest as it – as much as any city in Europe – it experienced the highs and lows of providing housing for its people, with the high-quality stone tenements, terraces and villas of its 19th Century expansion contrasting with the challenges (reconstruction, de-industrialisation, economic changes, the New Towns) the city faced in the post Second World War period, followed by a renaissance in the last 40 years with the regeneration of Glasgow’s tenements and more recently, a greater focus on a community-led housing strategy.

 

There will be two important launches during the conference, which will take place at New Gorbals Housing Association and Glasgow Caledonian University:

  • The launch of the Glasgow Place Commission – led by Professor Brian Evans, Glasgow’s first City Urbanist, and supported by a number of leading independent commissioners.
  • The launch of a partnership between the Academy of Urbanism and the Glasgow Urban Laboratory to support, develop and grow support for urbanism and urbanists in Scotland.

 

A draft Glasgow Declaration on City Living will be discussed by delegates at the conference before it is sent to the UNECE Committee for Housing and Land Management in October.

 

During the time at New Gorbals Housing Association, delegates will see social housing in the area before going to other parts of the city to see homes built by other community-led housing associations.

 

Professor Brian Evans, Glasgow’s City Urbanist, said: Professor Brian Evans, Glasgow’s City Urbanist, said: “As a UN Commission, the UNECE is very interested to see and understand the realities of what happens in the cities of its 56 member states. This conference follows on from a similar event in Vienna last year. It is a means whereby the city can explore the links between United Nations action on the global scale though UK and Scottish levels  and action at the city and city-region level in pursuit of the 17 sustainable development goals.”

 

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The UN wants to see a real city going through real changes. They view Glasgow as a beacon for how to provide access to decent, affordable and healthy housing for all.  We are the UN’s international example of how to create a housing model which others can follow.  So I’m delighted that we will host the UNECE conference, allowing organisations like New Gorbals Housing Association to put the success of community ownership onto a global stage.  It is also the ideal launch pad for the Glasgow Place Commission, which will see experts – led by our City Urbanist, Professor Brian Evans – explore how place and design can make Glasgow a better city for all of our people to live.”

 

More information on the conference is available at: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=52217.

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Glasgow marks eco-first with Passivhaus homes for older people in Shettleston

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The completion of Glasgow’s first Passivhaus development for social rent has been celebrated with an opening ceremony hosted by Shettleston Housing Association.

 

The new development at Cunningham House was formally opened today (30 August) by Councillor Chris Cunningham, former Director of Shettleston Housing Association, who pioneered the project prior to his retirement in 2017.

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19 new homes for older people have been provided in this innovative project that combines the construction of a modern five storey Passivhaus tower with the sensitive restoration and conversion of the 19th century Carntyne Old Parish Church on Shettleston Road.

 

Each of the 13 flats constructed within the old Church building has an individual, bespoke design that reflects its relationship with the existing stone structure.  Every home has a very individual aspect, whether through the restored lancet windows or through the new high-performance glazing into the residents’ courtyard.  All homes benefit from high levels of thermal insulation to augment the cosy ‘sandstone coat’ provided by the existing church structure.

 

The former vestry building attached to the church has been converted into a self-contained three bedroom house and has been constructed to meet the same exacting energy efficiency requirements.

 

A light, fully-glazed link corridor connects the existing church to the new, five-storey Passivhaus tower that has been constructed on the site of the former church hall.  The simple palette of materials used for the new building respects those in the older structure and a modest cross in relief on the front façade reflects the former use of the site.

 

Five two-bedroom homes are provided in the new tower.  All five flats have been designed and constructed to Passivhaus standard and benefit from high levels of thermal insulation, triple glazing and Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery.  It is expected that tenants will see a significant reduction in fuel costs in their new homes and the Association will monitor the building’s performance over the coming years.

 

Gillian Johnston, Chair of Shettleston Housing Association said: “Carntyne Church has been a prominent landmark in the East End for more than a century and the Association has been delighted to breathe new life into the building with this fantastic development. All of the new homes are built to an extremely high standard of energy efficiency and the Association is proud to deliver the first Passivhaus standard social rent homes in the city. Our tenants will reap the rewards of this through lower heating bills and improved comfort and we wish them all the very best in their new homes.”

 

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Cunningham House is without doubt a landmark in how we build homes in Glasgow. These are the first properties in the city to use the Passivhaus design – a pioneering standard of house building used in parts of Europe and North America which require very little energy for heating and cooling.  The extremely high construction standards will bring a host of benefits to residents, including lower fuel bills, improved air quality, a more comfortable living environment and reduced CO2 emissions. I have always said that climate and social justice should go hand in hand and by tackling climate change and fuel poverty, Passivhaus does just that.  I’m delighted this Shettleston Housing Association development could be supported through our Affordable Housing Supply programme and we will see many more housing developments in Glasgow using Passivhaus in the years ahead.”

 

The location of Cunningham House in the centre of the Shettleston community, combined with its energy efficiency credentials make it an ideal development for older people. Residents will have easy access to local facilities and community activities and will benefit from the enhanced housing management support provided by the Association’s Retirement Housing Service.

 

New residents were formally welcomed to their homes at the completion ceremony. Mr and Mrs Dunlop, who moved from a privately-rented home, are delighted with their new home and Mr Dunlop said: “My wife and I have moved about a lot due to work commitments and when we retired we wished to move back to and settle in the east end due to falling in love with both the area and its people.  We feel both blessed and delighted with our new home at Cunningham House.”

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Brain Tumour Research – Walk of Hope – The Cobbler

I  work Brain Tumour Research and on the 28th September we organising a series of walks around the UK to raise money and awareness of our cause.

In Scotland we’re going up the Cobbler in Argyll. It would be great if you’re able to post/promote or even join us.

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We’re meeting at the Slanj pub in Tarbet at 10:00am on the 28th September.  You can find more information via the link below:

https://www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/take-on-a-challenge/event/2019/09/29/take-on-the-challenge/the-cobbler-walk-of-hope-ben-arthur-scotland

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Council’s new funding programme approved

A new communities fund, designed by Glasgow City Council in partnership with the city’s third sector moved a step closer to operation today (29 August 2019).  The Council’s City Administration Committee agreed a report outlining the fund’s aims,  three year budget and a new approach to allocating grant funding at a city and local level.

The Council is working with Glasgow Third Sector Interface Network (GTSIN) and other partners, to focus the fund on responding to the impact of poverty, deprivation and inequalities across the city and to ensure that it supports communities in co-designing, developing and delivering sustainable services.

The fund design also implements the requirements of the Scottish Parliament’s Community Empowerment Act (2015) to help empower citizens; making them feel more confident about participating in the social, economic and cultural life of the city, and helping them to influence development, planning and decision-making around the services that affect their daily lives.

The introduction of the fund demonstrates a commitment in the Council’s Strategic Plan to look at how the Council can better support and work with the third sector and community groups.

Open to all third sector organisations in the city, the new fund is designed on key principles of early intervention and prevention, equalities, innovation and a focus on outcomes and the impact it makes.

It will be flexible enough to respond to emerging issues such as the successful Holiday Activity Programme that engages third sector bodies in providing healthy food and activities for thousands of the city’s school children, during holiday periods.

Earlier this year, stakeholder engagement events were held with third sector organisations, including those who don’t currently receive money from the council’s existing grant fund. These were held jointly with  GTSIN and helped shape how the new fund will operate.

The grant application process will be launched in the autumn when guidance and closing date information will be made available to all third sector and community organisations.

Councillor Jennifer Layden, City Convener for Community Empowerment, Equalities and Human Rights said:

“For years Glasgow has needed an equitable, accountable and transparent funding programme, which works better for the third sector, providing multi-year funding and focuses on outcomes. I am pleased that we have reached agreement on a new fund that will deliver this.

“With 90% of the third sector shut out of current funding arrangements, these clearly don’t work for the city as a whole, and too many organisations who could deliver great work for their communities are shut out of the funding process.

“The new fund has been developed working closely with Glasgow’s Third Sector and  we will continue to work closely with GTSIN and the wider sector as we roll it out between now and April next year.”

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Council to spend £3million on town centres in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council today (29 August) approved just over £3million funding for a number of projects which promise to regenerate a number of town centres in the city. These projects see a new community model of tackling food inequality, the renewal of historic buildings, and locally-led regeneration amongst the social and economic benefits that this funding will deliver.

This funding comes from the £50million Scottish Government Town Centre Fund, which aims to regenerate town centres across Scotland through capital expenditure projects designed to drive economic activity and create successful, inclusive and vibrant local town centres.

 

Glasgow has a diversity of town centres, with five major town centres and 30 local town centres, ranging from nationally significant shopping and leisure destinations to smaller centres serving local communities.  They are often characterised as having a strong retail and office presence, with other services in the financial, professional, leisure/entertainment, and community sectors.

 

Glasgow’s share of this funding must be allocated during this financial year, and projects have been selected for the social and economic impact they will make on these town centres, making them more sustainable, and their capacity to be delivered within the timescales set down within the grant funding.

 

The Glasgow projects selected for funding come in three categories: Pantry; Built Heritage; and Small Grants Scheme.

 

The town centre funding (£710,000) for pantries in Castlemilk, Govanhill, Parkhead and Ruchazie – at Braes Shopping Centre, Govanhill Baths, Parkhead Public School, and a shop unit on Gartloch Road – will help tackle food insecurity.  The pantries model – an alternative to foodbanks – targets local people on low incomes / recovering from a crisis to invite them onto a subscription/membership model (typically £2.50 per week) which makes good-quality, healthy and nutritious fresh, chilled or frozen food available to them at substantially cheaper rates than elsewhere.  The pantries in these four areas will be delivered in a partnership between the council and local agencies, and this will help to bring local inclusive economic growth.  It is expected that these pantries will drive higher footfall in their town centres.

 

Funding is also being made available for historic buildings in three local town centres: Elderpark Library (£550,000), Parkhead Library (£450,000) and the B Listed Tollcross Winter Gardens (£1,000,000).  This funding will help these meetings reach their full potential in terms of benefiting their communities – the libraries are currently being looked at with a view to repurposing them to act both as libraries and an enhanced community function.  Tollcross Winter Gardens is currently derelict, and with the adjacent ‘Millennium Building’ scheduled for demolition to allow the building of a new Early Years facility, this presents the opportunity to bring the Winter Gardens into active use as a building that could offer both co-location options for a range of organisations and a link between the local town centre, the new nursery, Tollcross Park, and Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

 

The remaining £300,000 funding goes towards a small grants scheme which will support locally-led initiatives aiming to renew town centres, with a focus on Business Improvement Districts – the Saracen Street BID in particular – and traders’ associations. Priority will be given to high SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) areas.

 

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and City Convener for Economic Inclusive Growth, said: “The funding for these town centres – recognised as a key part of the city’s social and economic life – will go to a range of projects that will make a real difference to communities and organisations across the city.  From tackling issues around food insecurity and health to renewing local heritage and supporting local organisations in neighbourhoods facing the greatest challenges, we can look forward to these projects helping to regenerate Glasgow’s town centres.”

 

Over the last five years, the council has drawn on a number of funding sources such as the Glasgow City Region City Deal, developer contribution agreements and the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist with the regeneration of town centres, notably in the Barras / Calton; Easterhouse; Govan; and Shawlands.

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Glasgow continues trend of regenerating vacant and derelict land sites

A Glasgow City Council report outlined the continuing progress that is being made in the city in bringing vacant and derelict land back to productive use, with the equivalent of 90 full-sized football pitches coming back to use over one year in the latest (2018) figures.  The council will spend a £3.5million Scottish Government funding allocation on tackling the issue in this financial year.

Between 2017 and 2018, Glasgow saw a reduction in vacant and derelict land of 64 hectares, a 6.4% fall from 1069 to 1005 hectares.  There was also a reduction in the number of vacant and derelict sites, from 761 to 721.  The reduction between 2016 and 2017 was 3.9% / 42 hectares.

 

Most of the land brought back to use was developed for residential purposes (66.4%), with other uses including transport, recreation and leisure.

 

Glasgow has consistently had the highest concentration of vacant and derelict land of any Scottish city, and it is recognised that this has arisen as a result of fragmented ownership, poor ground conditions, and inadequate infrastructure on many sites.  These factors come together to act as a brake on the economic potential of Glasgow, and very often these sites are found in the areas affected most by multiple deprivation.

 

Of the remaining vacant and derelict land, most of this can be found in the north and east of the city, and 349 of the sites are owned by the council.  Earlier this year, the council presented its draft Vacant and Derelict Land Assets Plan as it prepares to make use of these sites in the coming years.

 

The Scottish Government has allocated just over £3.5million to tackle long-term vacant and derelict land in Glasgow, and in doing so, stimulate economic growth and employment, develop a diverse and sustainable environment, and help communities flourish and reduce inequalities.  This funding will go towards the potential treatment and/or investigation of over 37 hectares of vacant and derelict land.

 

The council’s focus in tackling this issue will include remediating former brownfield/industrial sites, assist the delivery of sites and infrastructure to support job creation, and put greenspace on sites where there is no potential for development in the short to medium term.

 

The funding allocation from the Scottish Government is proposed to be spend across the city at sites in the Broomielaw, Cadder, the canal corridor, Dalmarnock, Dawsholm, Govan, Laurieston, Shettleston and Toryglen.

 

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “For far too long, the scale of vacant and derelict land in Glasgow has blighted communities and held back our economic growth.  While we are now seeing the acceleration of a trend to bring back this land for a variety of uses that will benefit the city, much remains to be done, and we look forward to working with our partners in the public and private sectors to reclaim these sites and allow their development.”

 

The figures on vacant and derelict land in Glasgow come from the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (SVDLS).

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Glasgow becomes first scottish city to join international group tackling food inequality

Glasgow is set to become the latest city to sign up to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) to develop fair and sustainable food systems for all its citizens.

The city joins other major international destinations such as New York, Beijing, Paris, Barcelona, Moscow and Toronto in committing to and adopting the principles of a framework to deal with food-related issues at an urban level.

The MUFPP is an international protocol and represents a global commitment from city leaders around the world to consider food as an effective way to enhance sustainable development and the overall well-being of its residents.

Following the council’s food summit in May where Andrea Mollica, from the Mayor of Milan’s International Relations Office and MUFPP co-ordinator, delivered a presentation, Glasgow has been invited to become the 200th city to join the MUFPP and the first Scottish city to sign up to the framework.

In being asked to join, Glasgow, has been recognised as a city with a vision, clear ambition and commitment to work in cross-sectoral partnership to integrate food into social, economic and environmental policy.

The work to develop a city food plan, our successful Children’s Holiday Food Programme, support food pantries and create a food growing strategy are just some of the projects that follow the pact’s principles.

The move has backing from the partners and stakeholders involved in the development of Glasgow’s Food Strategy who agreed that there are synergies between our current and planned activities and the key points within the framework.

The main aim of the pact is to help cities and local governments to develop urban food systems that are sustainable, inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse. This will in turn provide healthy and affordable food to all people in a human rights based framework.

Signing the agreement will promote our existing local activity and future plans to a wider global audience and also provides an opportunity to learn from the approaches and plans of other major cities across the world.

Councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said: “We held our food inquiry and summit to discover along with partners and stakeholders what’s happening locally and find out the scale of the problem in our city. Solutions will come from within the city but also nationally and internationally.

“Joining the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact helps us to become engaged in a dynamic and robust process of knowledge sharing and advocacy on food issues with other prominent cities and on themes and challenges that are common to us all.”

The key principles include;

  • Working to develop sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse to provide healthy and affordable food for all people, that reduce waste and conserve biodiversity while adapting to impacts of climate change;
  • Encourage interdepartmental and cross-sector coordination to integrate urban food policy considerations into social, economic and environmental policies, programmes and initiatives;
  • Engage all sectors within the food system (including neighbouring local authorities, technical and academic organisations, civil society, small-scale producers and the private sector) in the formulation, implementation and assessment of all food-related policies, programmes and initiatives;
  • Review and amend existing urban policies, plans and regulations to encourage the establishment of equitable, resilient and sustainable food systems.

There are currently 4 UK cities already participating and these are Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol and London.

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Pupil iPad roll out begins – thousands of Glasgow pupils to benefit from digital learning strategy

10.30am, Tuesday 27 August 2019 – St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, 112 Mitre Road, Glasgow G14 9PP

A multi-million pound IT contract that will benefit almost 70,000 children and young people in Glasgow schools and nurseries has begun the roll out of pupil iPads that will empower our pupils to embrace the digital age, improve learning and teaching and help close the attainment gap.

This innovative project – in conjunction with CGI – and the biggest Apple education project in Europe, will see all pupils from P6 – S6 receive their own iPad as part of the council’s connected learning and digital strategy and a shared iPad between five children in our nurseries and pupils in P1 to P5.

By 2021 every Glasgow primary and secondary teacher and their pupils will have access to their equipment, which includes a provision of a core suite of best-in-class education apps. This will transform learning in the classroom and help raise attainment and achievement across the city.

CGI is also working to bring in stronger networks into schools, including faster broadband speeds, a home wireless network TV and WiFi in every classroom.

So far, eight school learning communities have seen their teachers – more than 2,000 – benefit and the first pupils (S2/3) at St Thomas Aquinas Secondary have been getting to grips with their devices since before the summer and now back after the summer holidays, the roll out across all year groups will begin and the full impact of the digital strategy can filter through the school.

Then a planned roll out schedule will begin in earnest across the remaining 29 Glasgow learning communities.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years said: “This is a really exciting time for our schools and an amazing opportunity to digitally enhance the learning and teaching opportunities in our classrooms.

“We’ve had really positive feedback from the teachers who already have their devices with some brilliant examples of good practice and shared learning across the city.

“We want our children and young people to be equipped with the skills that will make them shine as digital citizens both now and later in their working lives.

“We are aware that 90% of jobs in Scotland involve digital work and so our pupils will be well equipped for the workplace.

“I know that this project will result in raising attainment and achievement in every one of our schools and nurseries.

“This is the biggest Apple education initiative in Europe and I’m delighted that Glasgow is once again leading the way in innovative practices.”

Justene Ewing, Vice-President Consulting Services at CGI, said: “CGI is passionate about placing youngsters at the heart of education and raising levels of attainment and learning outcomes as well as supporting equality and inclusion for all.

“We believe our partnership with Glasgow City Council, which involves the rollout of 52,000 iPads in Glasgow’s schools from today, will help achieve that goal.

“The rollout includes 47,100 student iPads and an additional 4,900 teacher iPads, which will help free up teachers and boost their control of the learning process, while also improving inclusivity for students in the educational process.

“It’s a brave new world for pupils, teachers and parents and one that CGI hopes will help make schools in Glasgow an even greater place to learn.”

All parents and carers will be invited to attend information and engagement sessions at their child’s schools prior to roll out – and a chance to find out more about the many benefits of the scheme, but also to be made aware of the home school agreement.

This is a set of guidelines to help keep young people safe online and about the need to look after the new equipment.

To show off their digital skills and to help St Thomas Aquinas parents understand the new iPads, the pupils created their own film and can be sent on request.

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Climate Emergency Group Recommends Pathway for Carbon Neutral Glasgow

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Glasgow’s Climate Emergency Working Group has delivered a report with over sixty recommendations that provides a pathway to a carbon neutral city.

The working group, which included representation from all four political groups at the council, citizen activist groups and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, has set Glasgow a target of carbon neutrality by the year 2030 – seven years ahead of the previous 2037 target.

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Established in February, the group was given just six months in which to draw its conclusions and report back to the council in recognition of the need to respond to the growing concerns of the impending climate crisis. The council formally declared there was a climate emergency at a meeting of all 83 city councillors in May this year.

The recommendations in the report have the potential to affect all council departments and cover broad ranging issues such energy use, roads and transport, development, infrastructure and planning, waste management, food and pensions.

Examples of specific recommendations in the report include a push for:

– district heating systems where feasible,

–  the low energy efficiency of the city’s older housing stock to be addressed,

– an end to single-use plastic and a plastic free shopping zone,

–  a major tree planting programme,

– a wider roll-out of car free zones at schools and other locations.

– green economy apprenticeships,

– climate impact assessments for all council budgets,

–  the council to become a beacon for other city organisations on carbon reduction.

Full details of all recommendations and the wider report can be found in the committee papers for the forthcoming meeting of the council’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Policy Development Committee.   

Councillor Martha Wardrop, who chaired the Climate Emergency Working Group, indicated there could no delay in the work to act upon the report’s recommendations.

Councillor Wardrop said: “As chair of the working group, I welcome the increased ambition for Glasgow to be carbon neutral by 2030, having driven this vital climate emergency work in the city.  Delivering that vision will require working with the business community, third sector, communities and citizens to achieve a just transition.

“With only ten years to make radical changes we need action to start right away. For instance, there are already plans for a city-wide network of segregated cycle ways and so there are areas where we can move quickly.  The climate emergency must also be placed front and centre of Glasgow’s economy and so a revised economic strategy for the city is essential. But we also need the Scottish and UK Governments to do their bit, particularly on decarbonising how we heat our homes.

“There was also a clear message from the group that the council works with other authorities to shift its pension funds away from fossil fuels.  With Glasgow looking likely to host next year’s UN Climate Summit, that’s the sort of radical action we need if we’re going to back up ambitious targets with real change in the wider economy.”

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said Glasgow was already heading in the right direction, but it was now clear the pace of carbon reduction in the city has to accelerate.

Councillor Richardson said: “There is no question the stand out recommendation from the report is that Glasgow is carbon neutral by 2030. The previous target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2037 was itself ambitious but it is obvious that we must now go further and faster than we’ve done before.

“As a council we will seek to bring forward an implementation plan that responds to the climate emergency recommendations as soon as possible. Work will start immediately to ensure that the climate emergency becomes embedded in every policy and strategy that the council is currently developing.

“Cities have an opportunity to lead the response to the global climate emergency, and the work of the Climate Emergency Working Group means that Glasgow is now well placed to show that leadership.  If COP26, the UN conference on climate change, does come to Glasgow in 2020 we will be perfectly placed to show the world how a net zero carbon city can be achieved.”