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Glasgow takes charge on air quality and e-mobility initatives

8 October 2021

ICLEI Member Glasgow (Scotland) is scheduled to host “COP26” – the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The City of Glasgow has an impressive list of sustainability initiatives to learn about in the lead-up to COP26. Here are just a few of the things you need to know about Glasgow's recent sustainability accomplishments as we approach these crucial global climate negotiations.

Among its many impressive accomplishments, Glasgow is leading promising projects related to mobility, circular economy and air quality.

Glasgow was the first city in the United Kingdom to sign the Circular Cities Declaration. The Declaration aims to accelerate the transition from a linear to circular economy in Europe, and to foster a more resource efficient, low-carbon and responsible society. By signing the Circular Cities Declaration, Glasgow demonstrates leadership and commitment to actions which promote decoupling economic growth from resource use.

Glasgow is also working with ICLEI Europe on the RUGGEDISED project, through which the city continues on its journey to transforming from an industrial city to a sustainable, resilient and low carbon city, focused on the future, growing from its past, and delivering a greener and smarter city.

Glasgow is also one of only four regions trialing a program for public electric vehicle (EV) chargers called Agile Streets, which, when functional, will save hundreds of pounds a year and contribute to a green energy revolution. The city has also implemented a ‘Low Emission Zone’ (LAZ) in its city centre, which will help to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels, as well as other emissions associated with vehicles (internal combustion). The initiative aims to improve air quality for a cleaner and healthier Glasgow for all residents. 

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