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Energy and Carbon Masterplan


One of the main areas of focus for Sustainable Glasgow is the creation of an Energy and Carbon Masterplan - an overall strategic plan for the city's future energy infrastructure and carbon emissions.

The aim is to reduce carbon emissions through improved energy management and the development of new, integrated systems that will deliver a clean, low-carbon energy infrastructure.


By looking at the city as a whole, these proposed energy systems can be designed so that they support each other, holistically, technically and financially, while meeting Glasgow's requirements for growth and supporting the needs of its communities.


This ground-breaking integrated approach increases the opportunities available, reduces risk and boosts the positive impacts of each project that is undertaken.


Following analysis of the city's resources, infrastructure and energy demand, major opportunities have been identified in the areas of combined heat and power/district heating; waste to energy systems; renewable energy; sustainable transport; smart energy networks; and energy management. Detailed research and planning is on-going.


These opportunities have the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reductions as well as being both technically and commercially feasible, enabling Glasgow to reduce its carbon emissions by 30 per cent within 10 years at the same time as creating jobs, tackling fuel poverty and regenerating the city.


The map below shows the location of some of the main carbon opportunities in the city.

Link to: image icon Map of main carbon [50kb] opportunities

Main proposals being put forward by Sustainable Glasgow include:

  • Improved energy management systems and energy efficiency measures across all sectors;
  • Creation of systems to turn the city's sewage and municipal waste into biogas;
  • Creation of urban woodlands on the city's vacant land and use of the resultant biomass for heat and power generation;
  • Development of a district heating system for the city, starting in five identified zones;
  • Development of highly efficient natural gas/biogas fuelled Combined Heat and Power systems;
  • Restricting use of petrol and diesel vehicles;
  • Development of light rail systems for passengers and freight;
  • Increased use of biogas and electrically powered vehicles;
  • Phasing out electrical, coal and oil heating across the city;
  • Drawing in the resources and enthusiasm of Glasgow's people, businesses and public sector organisations.


All areas of action are equally important and need to be integrated to maximise carbon emission reductions. No one technology or approach can deliver the levels of carbon emission reduction required.


A map of integrated low carbon energy systems for Glasgow could look like this:

Link to: image icon Map of integrated low carbon energy [47kb] system for Glasgow

Sustainable Glasgow is also working on investment, business models and governance - leveraging existing investments and plans; focusing on financial viability and enabling new business models.


It is also pressing for the implementation of public policies (for example, in planning and procurement) that support the delivery and use of low carbon systems.


A report detailing the progress of Sustainable Glasgow was presented to the City Council's Sustainability and the Environment Policy Development Committee in October 2011.