With greenhouse gas emissions from transport representing around 20% of total UK domestic emissions, decarbonising transport must be part of the climate solution. Building a greener future means that low carbon travel must be a genuine, viable and attractive option for businesses and ordinary citizens. Scotland’s ambition is to phase out the need to buy petrol and diesel cars and vans and to decarbonise Scotland’s railways by 2035.
Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University are looking to help solve India’s pollution problems – with a 3D-printed eco scooter. Prof. Farrag has received funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering to design and develop a prototype of an electric scooter, which will use a compact 3D-printed electric motor – powered by a solar battery – and a suitably modified chassis.
The need for an eco-friendlier scooter industry in India, which is home to 21 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world in 2020, was identified through discussion between GCU’s SMART Technology Centre and the Vellore Institute of Technology.
The University of Strathclyde is part of a consortium created to develop more sustainable aircraft capable of short-haul operations across the Highlands and Islands.
Strathclyde has partnered with Loganair, Rolls-Royce and the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) for the six-month project, which is also being supported by Scottish Enterprise.
Glasgow City Council will receive an additional £4.8 million in grant funding from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Smarter Choices Smarter Places (SCSP) and Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes (CWSR).
The funding will be used to improve the city’s sustainable transport network after being approved by the council’s City Administration Committee.
Glasgow is one of just four regions across the nation will trial the world-leading initiative and were chosen due to high local demand for public EV chargers.
East Lothian, will also join the trial alongside Hackney and Shropshire in England. The move comes as part of the Agile Streets project, backed by the UK Government, which will make it easier and cheaper for EV owners who don’t have off-street parking to recharge their cars.
City of Glasgow College has been awarded a national award which recognises the colleges ongoing commitment to increasing cycling as part of its commitment to reduce their carbon footprint.