The UN climate change summit will be held in Glasgow soon and there is a race to be the first city in the UK to go carbon 'net zero' between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The main focus is on the following areas:

  • Parking and traffic clampdown
    • Limiting vehicles around George Square through a multi million pound project with a potentially ambitious goal of banning parking in the area entirely
    • Improvement of current parking limitation initiatives through upgrade of camera controls on traffic 
  • Historic re-vitalization - design and vehicle bans
    • Focused on inclusion of more pedestrian areas and vehicle restrictions
    • Improved green spaces within the areas
  • Emissions Targeted
    • Joining the 'open streets' movement across the cities
    • Broader city wide emission zones for older vehicles would apply to buses and coaches as well.

Pick Everard and Perfect Circle have recently signed up to the Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Declaration which has the clear objective to raise awareness of the Climate and Biodiversity emergencies and support our clients in addressing these as well as working with and supporting the supply chain to enable this.

Is 'net zero' enough?

In these climate conscious times the efforts by the UK and its cities to meet the net zero target are admirable and should be encourage, but is it enough? Are more bold pledges like that of Microsoft to go carbon 'negative' needed to see effective change? 

Some of the initiatives and innovative thinking stated by Microsoft to meet their carbon negative target could help drive many more to not only meet 'net zero' but potentially move into the negative.