Super Cities Report

Sustainable Glasgow recognised in"super cities" report

Glasgow has been named as the first industrial 'super city' in Scotland by HSBC.

The banking giant's Future of Business report recognised the city as a leading international force in the renewable energy sector, using the new opportunity of renewable energy to 'repurpose and revitalise its traditional strengths in engineering.'

It highlighted a number of recent success stories, including:

  • the Sustainable Glasgow consortium
  • the University of Strathclyde's world-class Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Games's announcement of £40 million investment for Scotland, including a centre for offshore engineering in Glasgow
  • Research at Glasgow University and EADS Innovation Works on the use of hydrogen fuels

Councillor Gordon Matheson, chair of Sustainable Glasgow and Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Glasgow is a city which is always striving to do better for the benefit of all our citizens.

"Through the Sustainable Glasgow partnership, our city has been very successful in attracting renewable energy industry leaders including Scottish and Southern Energy, Mitsubishi and Iberdrola, the Spanish owners of ScottishPower, who have created hundreds of new green jobs.

"These companies along with research facilities at Strathclyde University are cultivating skills in the sector which is helping to attracting new businesses to the city and galvanising Glasgow's reputation as centre of excellence in renewable-energy research and industry.

"We are delighted this reputation has now been cemented with Glasgow being named Scotland's first "super city?? for the renewable energy industry in this independent report.??

Jim Whyte, who was involved in the research for Future Laboratory, said: "The rise in offshore windfarms is fuelling growth already with more expected as countries across the world aim to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. It is the city's research capabilities that will ensure its position at the forefront of developments.??

Richard Bellingham, Programme Manager for Sustainable Glasgow, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, said: "This report reflects Scotland's position as a world-leader in energy research that can make a real impact on society. At Strathclyde, we're proud to be home to academics leading the way in renewables and working side by side with colleagues in business and industry find solutions to the challenges of climate change.

"Initiatives like Sustainable Glasgow, which aims to make the city one of the most sustainable in Europe in the next 10 years, demonstrates what can be achieved when universities, government, businesses and the public sector work together towards a common goal.

"Glasgow has a real opportunity not only to lead renewable energy technologies and research, but to improve quality of life and create long-term investment and jobs.??

The news comes just months after plans were unveiled for Scottish Enterprise's new International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ) - a global economic hub to bring innovative businesses to Glasgow.

The University of Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre will be at the heart of ITREZ and will transform the way universities, business and industry collaborate to bring global competitive advantage to Scotland.

Read more about the report:

  • The Future of Business 2011 ( HSBC)
  • Renewable energy for a resurgent Glasgow ( Financial Times, 02.06.2011)
  • Glasgow named as Scots 'super-city' of green energy ( The Herald, 02.06.2011)
  • Glasgow set to become a green 'supercity' ( The Scotsman, 02.06.2011)
  • Bristol and Glasgow 'super cities' that will lead manufacturing renaissance ( The Guardian, 02.06.2011)
  • Bank snubs North-east for renewables (The Press and Journal, 02.06.2011)
  • Jobs boost as Glasgow wins 'super city' status (Evening Times, 02.06.2011)
  • Report names Glasgow and Bristol economic 'super cities' ( The Engineer, 02.06.2011)
  • 'Supercities' Bristol and Glasgow to drive return of Made in Britain ( Management Today, 02.06.11)