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Glasgow Citizens' Assembly on the Climate Emergency

About Glasgow Citizens' Assembly on the Climate Emergency

Glasgow City Council declared a climate and ecological emergency in May 2019. In its draft Climate Emergency Implementation Plan, targets were set for becoming a net zero city by 2030 and for net zero emissions by 2045.

Following public consultation on the draft Climate Emergency Implementation Plan, Glasgow City Council has set one clear target of achieving net zero emissions by 2030. With the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, coming to Glasgow in November 2021, the city will be able to showcase its commitment to reaching net zero on a global stage. In this high-profile context, Glasgow City Council will undertake public engagement with citizens ahead of COP26 to understand their priorities for the legacy of COP26 for the city, how the Council can effectively work with citizens to effect the far-reaching changes needed to reach net zero, and their views on a 'just transition' to net zero.

Glasgow City Council has therefore commissioned Ipsos MORI to deliver a Citizens' Assembly.

Ipsos MORI will design and facilitate a Citizens' Assembly with 50 participants focusing on the legacy of COP26 and Glasgow's transition towards net zero. The Assembly will meet over five sessions to learn, deliberate and discuss these issues before making decisions and prioritising recommendations for the Council.

Each session will comprise a mix of expert presentations, plenary discussion and smaller group discussions.

Council Plans, Policies and Strategies

Glasgow has produced its pdf icon Climate Emergency Implementation Plan [13Mb] which made 61 recommendations, with a target for the city to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2030 at its heart.

Glasgow's Climate Emergency Plan.

Under the Community Empowerment Act 2015, all Scottish Local Authorities are required to produce a Food Growing Strategy for their area. To find out about Glasgow's Food Growing Strategy and access additional information please click here.

Glasgow Food Growing Strategy

Sustainable Glasgow

Information on Glasgow's Low Emissions Zones can be found here:
Glasgow Low Emissions Zones

Background information on Glasgow's updated Transport Strategy can be found here:
Glasgow Transport Strategy 2021-31

Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Participant Information

The Energy Saving Trust provide information on generating Home energy and district heating.

Personal impact on climate change: Quantifying the potential for climate change mitigation of consumption options (via

Net Zero Carbon have also made information on the Personal impact on climate change available.

Scottish Government information on support for SMES and community groups.

Holyrood Magazine article on UK Government vision to create advanced Hydrogen sector

SMART Cities: Glasgow to get Full Fibre boost as CityFibre begins work on city-wide roll out


The following links provide video information to assist participants with discussions.

Session 1, Presentation 1

Introduction - Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council

Session 1, Presentation 2

Introduction to the Climate Emergency - Aoife Hutton

Session 1, Presentation 3

Glasgow and COP26 - Colin Edgar

Session 1, Presentation 4

Net Zero Glasgow by 2030 - Gavin Slater

Session 2, Presentation 1

Circular Economy - Cheryl Robb

Session 2, Presentation 2

Glasgow's work on the Circular Economy - Julie Robertson

Session 2, Presentation 3

Climate Change, the Economy and Jobs - Kit England

Session 2, Presentation 4

Green Economy and Jobs - Mike Danson

Session 3, Presentation 1

Home Energy - Stephen McGowan

Session 3, Presentation 2

Decarbonising Heat in sandstone tenements - Lucy Gillie

Session 3, Presentation 3

Food system, greenhouse gas emissions, environment, biodiversity and health - Abi Mordin

Session 3, Presentation 4

Food and diet in Glasgow - Sandy Paterson


Session 4, Presentation 1

Power of Cities - Andy Kerr

Session 4, Presentation 2

The Role of City Partners - Jaime Toney

Findings and Recommendations

The following documents have been prepared to explain and take forward the discussions and ideas generated by the Citizens Assembly.

pdf icon Glasgow Citizens' Assembly - Questions & Answers [757kb]

pdf icon Glasgow Citizens' Assembly on the Climate Emergency Recommendations and key findings report [2Mb]

pdf icon Glasgow Citizens' Assembly on the Climate Emergency - Technical report [2Mb]

Other Climate Assemblies

Scotland's Climate Assembly brought together people from all walks of life, from across Scotland, to learn about and discuss how to tackle the climate emergency.  Further information on Scotland's Climate Assembly can be found here:

In July 2019, Camden Council in London held the UK's first Citizens' Assembly on the climate crisis.  Further information can be found here:

Brighton and Hove City Council ran a climate assembly to explore how the council and its resident can combat climate change over the next decade.  Further information can be found here:

Oxford City Council carried out a Citizens Assembly where participants learned about climate change and explored different options to cut carbon emissions.  Further information can be found here:

The Greater Cambridge Partnership carried out a Citizens Assembly to learn about and discuss how to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?  Further information can be found here:

Examples of the Investment mindset have been demonstrated by, amongst others, Bristol  and the West Midlands

Examples of Thriving Places work we have been involved in across Europe:
Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstrations
How to engage citizens in a just transformation process

The work in Bristol has provided an example of communities building a shared vision.

Useful Links


Keep Scotland Beautiful are a charity that aims to focus on combatting climate change, reducing litter and waste, and protecting and enhancing the places we care for.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a diverse coalition of over 60 civil society organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change.

Ipsos MORI, the independent research company will be facilitating the COP26 Glasgow Citizens Assembly on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

Glasgow City Region Climate Risk and Opportunity Assessment.

Adaptation Scotland is Scotland's national programme of support on adapting to climate change for businesses, communities and the public sector.

Website for checking soil types/quality around Scotland:

Information about soil and compost can be found here:

Horticulture handbook:

Carbon food calculator can be found here:

Glasgow Community Food Network


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