Glasgow eNews - Feb 2021


Well 2020…you were a challenge!  The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen our city face some of the biggest challenges in recent times.  Having been in some form of lockdown since March last year, we have had to adapt to new ways of working and living.

The Glasgow people continue to make our city proud, with their community spirit and resilience continuing to shine through these dark winter months.  

The RUGGEDISED project has continued to progress and new contractors have now been appointed to install both the solar canopy and battery storage solution at Duke Street car park, which will create the first electric vehicle charging hub for the city. We are also counting down to COP26, and cannot wait to showcase all of the initiatives we are taking to tackle the climate emergency.

Gavin Slater, RUGGEDISED project manager, Glasgow City Council

Smart electricity grid and e-mobility

Working closely with the project partners, Glasgow has managed to appoint new contractors to install the solar canopy and battery storage solutions at Duke Street Car Park, in order to create the first electric vehicle charging hub for the city. The element of the project had faced some significant challenges last yearearlier, with previous appointed contractors going into liquidation, meaning the whole process had to be started again. Our new contractors are working hard to deliver the infrastructure which should be installed by summer of 2021. This element of the project is being funded by project partners Transport Scotland, Scottish Power Energy Networks and also the European Commission.

Collin’s street in Glasgow is about to have the city’s first integrated electric vehicle charge points installed into new street lighting columns. The street lighting columns have now been installed and the charge points are due to be installed early in the new year. Integrated chargers are a good way of reducing the amount of street furniture, whilst also serving a practical purpose for nearby residents who do not require a rapid charge as the units will provide


Smart work

Carbon Literacy Training

Glasgow has become one of the first cities to roll out a climate emergency education course for the city’s elected members. Working with Keep Scotland Beautiful, we were able to design and deliver a 4 weekly course for the elected members. Keep Scotland Beautiful runs Scotland’s only certified carbon literacy training organisation, and worked with the team to highlight both the project, its initiatives, whilst also providing education on the current climate emergency and what it means for the city. Glasgow was one of the first councils in Scotland to declare a Climate Emergency in 2019, with ambitions to become carbon neutral and net-zero by 2030. So far 76 people have completed the training, which includes 4 weekly live sessions online, plus weekly self-study assignments.

You can find out more about the KSB Carbon Literacy Training here: https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/climate-change/climate-challenge-fund/climate-change-engagement/carbon-literacy 

Sustainable Glasgow

In order to tackle the climate emergency, Glasgow has relaunched the Sustainable Glasgow Board.  The Board is chaired by the leader of the council, and attended by key stakeholders from across the city, who aim to address the climate emergency by initiating meaningful projects and working together to try to meet our carbon and net zero targets.  The Board collates and reviews the work of the 4 Hubs that have specific focus areas as follows:  
•    Green Infrastructure and Transport
•    Housing and Heating
•    Re-wilding & environmental improvement
•    Green Economy/Private Sector industry
The Hubs have started to discuss key projects and initiatives for the city over the coming year and post-COP26 and meet and report to the Board on a monthly basis.  

PROJECT TIMING:
Month 51 / 60


BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE

Continuing to progress with the project during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide Carbon Literacy Training to the city’s elected members.


BIGGEST CHALLENGE

COVID-19 has required new ways of working and full lockdown in parts of 2020 completely halted most of the work.  Finding new ways of working with the existing restrictions has been challenging, particularly accessing data sets.