• 28 March 2023

    Decarbonising transport: case studies workshop

    Location: Technology Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD
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    Decarbonising transport: case studies workshop

    In 2019 a climate emergency was declared for Scotland. This announcement set a target for achieving zero carbon emissions at a faster rate than had previously been set and spurred cities and institutions across Scotland to set their own ambitious net zero emissions targets.  Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, have committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. We know that transport contributes around 36% to Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions and so decarbonising transport has a huge role to play in meeting these targets.

    On Tuesday 28th March, we held a workshop to present findings from transport case studies we have undertaken in collaboration with: the University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Parliament. The focus of the cases studies was on how organisations are encouraging a shift to more active and sustainable travel among staff and students. While some progress has been made, many challenges remain, including the on-going impact of COVID, changed working patterns, public transport provision, parking issues, embedded transport inequalities and more. 

    In addition to hearing the main findings from this work, each institution offered their perspectives on the progress being made within their own organisation. This was followed by a structured discussion of the findings and their implications. These discussions focussed on finding shared solutions and consensus on ways forward.

    The welcome and opening remarks were given by the workshop Chair, Margaret Douglas, Public Health Scotland and University of Glasgow.

    This was followed by the Main findings from case studies exercise presented by Bruce Whyte, Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

    Perspectives from each organisation were then presented by:

    Neil McBeth, University of Strathclyde

    Viola Retzlaff & Jennifer Russell, University of Glasgow

    Victoria Barby, Scottish Parliament

    Steve Gray, Glasgow City Council presented on the City Centre Transport Plan

    Following the presentations, the delegates participated in structured discussion groups, followed by a plenary session and closing remarks from the Chair.

    View the workshop agenda

    Download a summary report of the workshop.