Environmental mitigation is urgently needed to address impacts to the environment caused by human action. Negative environmental impacts should be avoided where possible, or measures put in place to minimize harms. Glasgow is leading on key programmes to mitigate human impact at home and abroad.

Scottish Leather Group leading the way

The Scottish Leather Group has published its 2021 Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s progress towards its key goal of zero impact leather manufacturing.

The company, which is the world’s lowest carbon intensity leather manufacturer, has also announced that it is well on its way to being carbon neutral by 2025 – 20 years ahead of Scotland’s net zero ambitions.

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Tackling urgent challenges facing our ocean

The ocean produces half the oxygen we breathe, absorbs over a quarter of global carbon dioxide, and contributes to freshwater renewal. Entire countries depend on the ocean for food, work, livelihoods, culture and spirituality. Over-exploitation and climate change are pushing ocean ecosystems towards a tipping point.

The One Ocean Hub, led by the University of Strathclyde with 24 research partners, and 35 project partner organisations, aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean.

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Green technology and innovation to be showcased at international hub

City of Glasgow College and Maritime UK will showcase green technology, innovation and capabilities from across the UK maritime sector at an International Maritime Hub during COP26.

The college’s Riverside campus, on the banks of the River Clyde, will host the Hub which will be the location for a number of different events highlighting UK maritime expertise within areas such as technology, policy, regulation, education and training.

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Reducing the impact of organic waste fertiliser on the environment

Leading Scottish scientists have invented a new cutting-edge tool to help farmers find the safest way to use organic waste fertiliser in a bid to reduce its damaging impact on the environment.

Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University have developed the Waste to Land (W2L) computer tool, which identifies the best and safest places to use fertiliser in fields. It is crucial to reduce the environmental impact of recycling organic waste into farmland by identifying adequate locations for their spreading and by predicting the effect of such land practice.

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Recovering pharmaceutical waste from water

Glasgow Caledonian University researchers are working on a gel that can remove micropollutants from drinking water – and potentially cut costs for pharmaceutical organisations.

It is hoped the year-long study will provide a new way of cleaning water and provide a new route for pharmaceuticals to be further recycled and re-used. If the project proves successful, the gel could become a marketable water-treatment product.

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Letting nature heal itself

University of Glasgow professors Nick Hanley and Larissa Naylor have co-authored a report by the COP26 Universities Network on how working with nature can benefit people, biodiversity and the planet, and could address many of the critical environmental challenges that we face.

When we think of nature-based solutions, large-scale tree-planting may be the first thing to come to mind; however, the report stresses the role of marine habitats and the crucial need for biodiversity.

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Revolutionising environmental monitoring techniques

In collaboration with Altitude Thinking ltd, City of Glasgow College has won funding to support the ongoing development of a mobile device that will read and analyse water quality.

The project – Aquabot 2.0 is a remotely operated drone with an IoT based approach which will be able to acquire real time data from the surfaces of rivers, canals or lochs.

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