Future City Glasgow

Future City Glasgow is an ambitious £24million programme which will demonstrate how technology can make life in the city smarter, safer and more sustainable.

Glasgow beat 29 other cities to win funding for the programme in a contest run by the Technology Strategy Board - the UK Government's innovation agency.

Find out more about Future City Glasgow

Free Electric Vehicle Charging

Glasgow City Council offers free electric vehicle charging and free parking at a network of Plugged in Places around the city.

Parking is free while charging at new on-street charging points.

Parking at charging points in City Parking multi-storey car parks is free for the first two hours. Motorists can pay to park longer and the electricity is free at all times.

The council received a grant of £215,000 from Transport Scotland to install Electric Vehicle charging points within Glasgow as part of the Plugged in Places programme. The council is funding the electricity.

Find out more about Free Electric Vehicle Charging

Energy Services

Sustainable Glasgow is investigating a range of options towards the establishment of an Energy Services Company (ESCo) for the city.

Glasgow City Heat Map

Scottish Government have agreed to support Sustainable Glasgow in the development of a city heat map. This process is now underway and will support the work of the Step-Up project.

District Heating

Glasgow has an increasingly significant number of district heating projects under development, involving the public, private and not for profit sector; with each of these concentrated on localised issues.


STEP-UP is an energy and sustainable city planning programme that aims to provide cities with the tools and approaches necessary to enhance and integrate energy planning into their sustainable city planning. A partnership of twelve organisations, the programme is working together with local government, research and commercial partners in the European cities of:

  • Ghent
  • Glasgow
  • Gothenburg
  • Riga

STEP-UP aims to bring together excellence in energy planning and low carbon energy projects from these four cities to create a coherent and easy-to-use model for energy planning. The programme is part of the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and runs to April 2015.

Visit the Step-up website for more information.