In an online ceremony hosted this month, Glasgow was awarded Global Green City for 2020 by UN-affiliated organisation, the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS). The top prize globally recognises Glasgow as a sustainable place to live, alongside previous winners such as Vancouver, Vienna and Yokohama.
Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Susan Aitken said:
"Glasgow is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and the city is joining together across a broad partnership to meet the challenges faced by the climate emergency. Our citizens must be at the very heart of our drive towards carbon neutrality. It is essential that our transition to carbon neutrality is just and sustainable for all the people of Glasgow, especially as we seek to recover from the covid crisis."
"With COP 26 just over a year away, there could have been no better time for Glasgow to be recognised as a Global Green City. The award shows Glasgow is heading in the right direction but also highlights the urgent need for cities such as our own to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change."