Scientists from the University of Glasgow are to begin work on a large-scale research programme that will help transform Glasgow into a thriving, climate resilient city and support its ambition to reach net zero by 2030.
The researchers will work in partnership with Glasgow City Council to create transformation projects across the city and embed sustainability into the wider socio-political system.
The GALLANT programme will be led by the University of Glasgow and will help the city move towards climate resilience whilst tackling health, social and economic inequalities. Researchers will work with Glasgow City Council, community groups, and partners to enable the city to meet its 2030 net zero target.
It will focus on capturing greenhouse gases in formerly derelict land, improve biodiversity, value riverbanks as community spaces, promote active travel and create energy solutions.
The GALLANT project has received £10 million from the Natural Environment Research Council.
The innovative programme to create a sustainable, healthy urban environment will help regenerate the river Clyde region, which faces significant social, economic and environmental challenges, and will provide learning that will help other cities in their missions to adopting green solutions.
Professor Toney, director of the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Sustainable Solutions, who will lead the project, said:
We’re delighted to have received this funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, which is a significant boost to delivering Glasgow’s post-COP26 legacy. Using Glasgow as a living lab is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with communities and stakeholders across the city to deliver tangible environmental solutions that also improve public health, wellbeing, and move us toward a green, inclusive economy.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
This important project is a testament to the strength of our partnership work on sustainability in Glasgow and it draws on the best of our town-gown relationships. GALLANT will support our ambitious plans to become net zero carbon by the year 2030 and help to ensure that we are ready and resilient for a changing climate.
Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of NERC, said:
As COP26 has shown, it’s vital that we invest in world-leading science to find solutions now to climate change and recovery of our natural environment. This investment by NERC will enable an ambitious step change in how the best science from across different disciplines can come together to address major environmental challenges facing the UK and support the transition to a Net Zero and nature-positive future.
The full article, published on 15 February 2022 by the University of Glasgow can be found here.
Photo: From left, Des McNulty, Honorary Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Professor Jaime Toney, director of the University's Sustainable Solutions and Duncan Booker, COP26 Stakeholder Manager at Glasgow City Council at the Govan Graving Docks, one of the sites which may benefit from regeneration as part of GALLANT. Credit: University of Glasgow