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University of Glasgow Commits to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030

  • Submitted by: Kaukab Stewart, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 15 November 2021
  • Motion reference: S6M-02102

That the Parliament welcomes the University of Glasgow's commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030; understands that this commitment will work in conjunction with the university becoming the first in Europe to fully divest from fossil fuel industry-based companies and becoming the first in Scotland to declare a climate emergency; understands that its strategy, Glasgow Green, lays out interim targets over the next decade; commends the strategy for setting practical actions on how the university aims to reduce its emissions, from improving energy efficiency by developing lighting and insulation solutions, to installing solar panels and water source heat pumps in campuses; notes that the university is part of a Europe-wide group of institutions, the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, which is stressing what it believes are the critical contributions universities can and must make to accelerate action towards the Paris Agreement goals while at COP26, and wishes the University of Glasgow every success in meeting what it sees are these vital targets.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Finlay Carson, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Michael Marra, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Audrey Nicoll, Paul Sweeney (Registered interest) , David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Elena Whitham