Glasgow city region set for annual £184m investment to combat climate change

A ‘landmark’ climate adaption strategy has been launched by the eight local authorities in the Glasgow city region.

The blueprint will look to ensure that the area flourishes in the face of climate change impacts – with targets including increasing the resilience of those living in the region, and an additional £184 million of yearly investment being made.

The councils explained that the region’s climate is already changing, with it experiencing more rainfall and higher temperatures. Estimates show that in less than 60 years, an extra 20,000 homes in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley will be at risk of flooding.

Alok Sharma, president of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, commented, “As we approach COP26 it is very encouraging to see the Glasgow city region, as the location of the summit, publish its new climate adaptation strategy and action plan. We want all cities and regions around the world to raise their ambition and take action to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Heatwaves, coastal erosion and flooding are a reality for much of the UK, including this region. The time to act is now.”

Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, added, “The 2020s is the pivotal decade where we must build and deliver an inclusive, climate-resilient and net zero region. I am excited by the opportunities in the adaptation strategy and action plan and what this means for people and communities across Glasgow city region. The strategy recognises that social and economic factors affect how people experience climate impacts, often making existing inequalities worse.

“This strategy puts social justice at the heart of this transformational work, will help us build the resilience of the most vulnerable, and ensure the benefits of adaptation are widely and equitably shared. I look forward to Glasgow City Council and the wider region mobilising to deliver it.”