Reason to Be Selected
The £24m Future City/Glasgow project is on ducting a mapping exercise in partnership with Strathclyde University and will take in nearly 400 council-owned sites across almost 550 hectares,assessing them for constraints including access to the National Grid and,naturally for a solar farm, whether parts of the site are in the shade. Some of the sites may have been earmarked previously to be sold off by the council but the sales have stalled because of the economic downturn. Other sites would be too expensive to build on but could prove suitable for ground-mounted photo voltaic panels to be installed. Launching the project, Councillor Alastair Watson, the council's executive member for engineering and innovation, said:“This project aims to identify opportunities for communities, the council and companies to bring derelict gap sites back into use as productive solar farms generating electricity. “Glasgow may not be the sunniest city in the world but there are already hundreds of solar arrays on buildings around the city which can harness diffused sunlight to generate electricity even when it's cloudy.” While Glasgow will not be European Green Capital next year, it has not stopped the city's plans. As part of its commitments that saw it made a finalist, next year will be Glasgow's Green Year, with a series of events being held celebrating the city.
It will be celebrating Glasgow's natural assets including its parks, rivers and waterways; green science and innovation and'green change', which will look at issues including climate change, modal shift in transport and improving air quality.
The Sustainable Glasgow Initiative has committed the city to reducing carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 and the city has been actively pursuing more renewable energy. Glasgow already has one 3MW wind turbine on the Cathkin Braes developed by the council with SSE, which produced 6,897 MW between March and December last year. It is investigating other sites for further development and more work is being carried out on the feasibility of using vertical turbines in parks across the city as well as the installation of six small hydro schemes at locations including two on the Clyde and two on the Kelvin. Ground source heat pumps are now considered for all new school developments and the council is also, in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University, investigating recovering heat from flooded mines which could be used to heat properties in the north of the city. A new Green Jobs Strategy is due to go to a future board meeting of Sustainable Glasgow to demonstrate how the environmental work can help bolster the city's economic performance as well. Matheson, who is also chairman of Sustainable Glasgow, said: “Glasgow has pledged to cut its carbon emissions and become one of the most sustainable and resilient cities in Europe. “We are striving to achieve this by adopting measures on a number of fronts, from working with the Rockefeller Foundation to minimise and mitigate the effects of climate change on the city, to setting up our own Energy Services Company (GLESco) and creating opportunities for more community-based renewable energy projects across the city.
“Glasgow's Green Year in 2015 will inspire citizens, communities, businesses and industry to help us preserve the city forfuture generations by becoming more environmentally aware.” He adds: “Supporting the city's green jobs sector is another strand of our strategy along with equipping our young people with the skills and qualifications sought by employers in this expanding field of employment.
“No one can afford to ignore the effects of climate change and Glasgow is determined to play its part by reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and fostering the creation of more renewable energy projects in the city.”
Glasgow sets out sustainable 'green' vision
The report sets out ways for the city to become a hub for green energy
Plans to transform Glasgow into one of Europe's greenest cities within a decade have been published.
The Sustainable Glasgow report sets out methods to drive down carbon emissions and meet future energy needs.
It outlines projects on renewable energy, district heating, sustainable transport, smart grids, biogas, biomass and energy management and efficiency.
The report estimates that green energy projects could bring in £1.5bn of new investment to the city within 10 years.
The strategy has been drawn up by Sustainable Glasgow, a consortium led by the University of Strathclyde.
Other partners include Glasgow City Council, Scottish and Southern Energy, Veolia (Source One), Scottish Enterprise and Blitzer, Clancy and Company.
The project aims to transform the city into a hub of the sustainable energy sector, delivering jobs and training.
It will play a major role in attempts to regenerate communities and tackle fuel poverty over the next 10 years.
Recommendations in the report include initiatives such as the creation of systems to turn the city's sewage and municipal waste into biogas.
There would be a drive to increase the use of biogas and electric vehicles.
Moves could also be made to develop district heating system and gradually phase out electric, coal and oil heating.
This would go hand-in-hand with the development of natural biogas-fuelled combined heat and power systems and a smart grid system to deliver power.
Other initiatives would see the creation of urban woodlands on vacant city land and projects to encourage "behavioural change" among the city's residents.
Capital investment for the projects will come mainly from the private sector and a number of commercial organisations have already indicated their interest.
Professor Jim McDonald, principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: "Scotland has a tremendous opportunity not only to be a world leader in renewable energy technologies, but to improve quality of life and create long-term investment and jobs.
"Innovative research and training have a critical role to play in securing the UK's energy future and driving down carbon emissions.
"I am proud that the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow are taking a lead in this vitally important field - demonstrating what can be achieved when government, universities, business and communities work together towards a common goal."
Innovative research and training have a critical role to play in securing the UK's energy future and driving down carbon emissions
Professor Jim McDonald
Principal, Strathclyde University
Glasgow - (City IQ)
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