Providing Affordable Energy and Tackling Fuel Poverty
There is an abundance of highly talented people working in Glasgow's energy sector. We want to see these skills flourish in a sustainable energy sector which contributes to a low carbon future. Green Councillors support investment to provide affordable energy supplied by clean, renewable means.
- Investment in better insulation, energy efficiency and the use of renewables for warmer homes with lower fuel bills – a ‘win win’ for local residents and the climate.
- Oppose any proposals for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) or coal bed methane extraction in the city. This risks irreversibly contaminating water supplies and has no part to play in a sustainable energy policy.
- Work with public sector partners and local businesses to build commitment to energy saving measures. Invest in a council-run renewable energy company to contribute to local energy generation, to bring down prices and potentially earn additional income.
- Develop training programmes in renewable technologies and home insulation in partnership with local schools, housing associations and Glasgow City Building. Develop and support 'energy champions' to promote energy efficiency within all council services.
- Work to improve street lighting, stair lighting and door entry requirements and invest in LED and light-dimming technology, which will produce more light for less energy.
Greenspace, Biodiversity and Animal Welfare
Glasgow has green spaces that make a vital contribution to the quality of life in the city. Our gardens, parks, rivers, roadside verges and even the railway embankments are a rich habitat for biodiversity and provide an abundance of wildlife in every local community. Green Councillors support effective stewardship of our city's natural resources, to leave a legacy of clean air, abundant woodland, vibrant urban green spaces and plentiful wildlife.
- Support the development of more community greenspaces throughout Glasgow, reducing environmental inequalities, improving people’s health and giving communities greater control over the management of valued open spaces.
- Protect and enhance our green corridors - the rivers, parks, and open spaces - that provide the “green lungs” of Glasgow.
- Support birds and other wildlife within Glasgow by development of a Biodiversity Action Plan.
- Support a comprehensive approach to protection, management, planned replacement and additional planting of trees across the city.
- Promote the welfare of animals in the city by encouraging responsible pet ownership and support for local animal shelters.
A city where resources are creatively conserved and re-used to minimise waste – in other words, a city with a sustainable, joined up local approach that helps people and planet.
- Support a council-run Zero Waste Strategy for Glasgow drawing on best practice from around the country and abroad. Glasgow will sign up to the Zero Waste Scotland charter.
- Enhance doorstep service, including in tenements, to enable residents to reduce landfill, support re-use and recycle easily. Improvements to information and support for householders, including leaflets and online information in different languages. Clear information displays in residential properties, the use of community competitions and door to door advice would help to increase recycling rates.
- Support public sector partners and local businesses to reduce waste production and increase in the number of small scale recycling sites around the city for a wide range of recyclables.
- Campaign for a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks bottles where a small deposit paid when buying cans or bottles is refunded when empty containers are returned.
- Review customer service system and support for householders to ensure that they are provided with accurate and up-to-date information on any missed bins. The customer service system should be focused on solving the root cause of customer complaints and move to a ‘getting it right first time’ approach.
Warm, Safe Homes for All
A warm, safe home is a basic requirement for living. It improves health, decreases fuel costs, and good housing promotes strong communities. This is not yet available to all Glaswegians. Green Councillors will:
- Campaign for more homes of good quality, which are sustainable, affordable and meet the needs of our communities. Support new developments that achieve this, and challenge those which will not. Set ambitious targets to bring more empty homes back into use.
- Call for increased resources for the council to use their full enforcement powers against those private landlords who rent out sub-standard or over-crowded accommodation, or refuse to carry out repairs.
- Challenge housing developers to build housing which is fully accessible and which, in the context of an ageing population, enables people to live at home for as long as possible.
- Use new powers as they come in to limit excessive rent rises in areas with very high rents. Continue to campaign for greater rent controls and against benefit changes that severely restrict housing benefit for many single people and vulnerable groups.
- Work to ensure that Glasgow City Council meets its statutory responsibilities to accommodate people who are homeless and ensure that an effective community homelessness service is developed.
We all want to live in safer, fairer, thriving communities. Greens are working for a fairer, more equal Glasgow, because in more equal societies there is less crime. We will:
- Carefully scrutinise new reforms and support Glasgow’s move to approaches which prioritise crime prevention.
- Support the work of Victim and Witness Support in Glasgow, work to support people with convictions in the community and the families of prisoners.
- Work with residents’ groups, the police, the third sector and Safer Glasgow Group with methods proven to reduce crime and reoffending.
- Support work which tackles the causes of crime, including mental health services, anti-poverty work and homelessness support services.
- Support work to prevent domestic violence and hate crimes.