At the recent BASE Glasgow Conference, delegates heard about plans for 10,000 new eco-friendly street lamps for the city; work with Adaptation Scotland to ensure Glasgow is part of a Climate Ready Clyde; and the launch of Future City/Glasgow's prototype open data portal. Ten thousand energy efficient and eco-friendly street lamps are to be installed in Glasgow to replace outdated sodium lights and cut carbon emissions.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Sustainable Glasgow, today (Nov 12) announced the first phase of a major programme to refurbish the city's 72,000 ageing sodium lamps with new eco-friendly lamps.
Hundreds of delegates at the BASE Glasgow conference in the SECC heard how Glasgow is launching a rolling refurbishment programme which will see the majority of the old lamps replaced by 2018 - the 200th anniversary of the year when municipal street lighting was first introduced in the city.
It currently costs around £8.5million a year to power and repair Glasgow's ageing network of lights. The new lamps are expected to use at least 50% less energy than the old ones and over 20 years they will cut the council's carbon emissions by 52,329 tonnes.
Fluorescent and LED lamps use less energy and provide more controllable, white light. The first 10,000 lamps are expected to cost around £8.6m to install along main roads and they will pay for themselves through the savings generated.
Councillor Matheson told delegates that the project was another key element of the city council's drive to make Glasgow one of Europe's most sustainable cities within the next 20 years.
The city is working with Adaptation Scotland to ensure Glasgow is part of a Climate Ready Clyde. This means creating a city which is climate resilient as summers get drier, winters get wetter and sea levels rise. Flood aversion measures include the creation of more green networks and natural wetlands as well as woodland expansion.
Councillor Matheson said: "My city's commitment to reducing emissions is without question. However, we are also facing up to the reality that global climate change is already happening. For Glasgow this is likely to mean increases in rainfall, severe weather incidents and long-term increases in temperature.
"My council has been working with key partners across the region to look at the challenges of climate change. We know we need to work together both to build resilience and adapt. Today I'm launching our response to these challenges. It's called the Climate Ready Clyde Vision and it commits us to working with key partners to develop an adaptation strategy and action plan. It represents high aspiration and strong principles. It will drive action and real change."
Cllr Matheson also officially launched Future City/Glasgow's prototype open data portal. The portal has been developed in-house as part of the £24million Future Cities Demonstrator programme. It contains over 85 datasets including information on electric car charging points, public transport, food hygiene reports and population statistics.
The information has been made open and easily accessible to all including the public, business and academics. Held in silos the data may be of use to just one organisation but cross referenced it will help inform future strategic planning and investment.
Cllr Matheson added: "This work advances the twin aims of my administration. Better lives and economic growth, both based on sustainability. That's why we're following a digital and low carbon route out of recession with social justice at its heart."