Glasgow City
Climate Action Plan

Nationally, the UK has a legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Many local councils have more ambitious targets. There are nearly 400 principal councils across the country: the majority have a net-zero target of 2030. Further information from the Council.

Local net-zero target date

2030

Plan published

August 2019

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

May 2019

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans fromĀ data.climateemergency.uk

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CO2 emissions

It's hard to visualise CO2 emissions. The data talks about 'tonnes of CO2' - but what does a tonne of gas look like? Well, imagine a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume). One tonne of CO2 would fill one of these hot air balloons.

Additional local carbon emissions

Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported here because of our consumer demands. Imported emissions are so big they should not be hidden*.

* Note: Imported emissions are estimated based on the Total UK Goods & Services Greenhouse Gases imported emissions (Defra UK's Carbon Footprint 2016: 353mt CO2 eq) pro-rated based on Local Authority population size and assumed equal per capita consumption of imported goods and services across all Local Authorities.

CO2 emissions in total

2,042,520 tonnes

People in the local area

633,120

CO2 per person per year

3.2 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

3,307,327 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2019).

Local carbon emissions by sector

In getting to net zero as quickly as possible, we need to look at how we do things differently in every sector.

(000t)

2017
2018
2019

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 836 See all Initiatives

There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around Glasgow City:

Lawrie IP

Reducing carbon with Sam Holmes from Lawrie IP as part of the Zero Carbon Tour.

Glasgow City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Glasgow City Council

Reducing carbon with Anna Richardson from Glasgow City Council on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Glasgow City
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Transport
  • Energy

Drumchapel Net-Zero Retrofit Programme

Providing major energy-efficiency improvements to homes in Glasgow through extensive retrofit.

Glasgow City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Waste To Wealth

Supporting sustainability initiatives through monetisation strategies to increase carbon savings.

Glasgow City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Built Environment
  • Finance

The Back Garden

Growing local food and connecting with nature in the heart of Glasgow

Glasgow City
  • Food security & supply
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Glasgow Community Energy

Making Glasgow a greener place with community-owned renewable energy.

Glasgow City
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy
  • Finance

Community Woodlands Association

Supporting new and existing community woodlands across Scotland to achieve their aspirations.

Aberdeen City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Energy

Glasgow Wood Recycling

Reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill.

Glasgow City
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy