Glasgow city has much to offer the tourist but what about residents? Lifestyle choices bring many immigrants to live in ‘Dear Green Place’ – the Scots’ Gaelic translation for Glasgow. I wondered what factors contributed to this green, clean city.
The city appeals with acres of park land. Growing industries attract many foreign workers and world experts to contribute to Scotland’s energy development plans. In terms of employment there are substantial financial, energy and electronic industries sited here. The International Financial Services District (IFSD) is a modern world-class business location on the banks of the River Clyde, the site of a successful ongoing multi-million pound regeneration project.
On the outskirts, Hillington Park Innovation Centre (HPIC) is a collection of high-technology firms which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. The fast-growing wind, wave, tidal and biomass industries of Scotland offer many exciting energy industry jobs to help achieve ambitious production targets. Scotland is fully embracing renewable energy and now is the time to seek work within this industry.
By 2020, the Scottish Government aims for 50% of Scotland’s energy to come from renewable sources. Considerable investment has been committed to achieve this, with cutting-edge research being carried out by many Scottish businesses and universities.
Renewable energy, sustainable transport systems for commuters and a forward-thinking homeworking schemes all contribute to a green, clean city. With the support of the Scottish Government, links between universities and private companies and the ideal environmental conditions available in Scotland, the renewable energy sector in this country will continue to develop.
Scotland’s potential renewable sources are calculated at 59.1GW. As the domestic electric requirement is only around 10.5GW, Scotland will become an exporter of energy. Its extensive coastline and numerous islands make it the perfect location for harnessing power from wind and waves.
Train commuting is the most popular form of getting into work here, a good infrastructure which supports the clean air campaign. Glasgow has some of the coldest and wettest weather statistics which may contribute to flexible home working regimes.
Allowing Glasgow staff to work from home, in their company garden office pod, negates the time, money and carbon spent in the normal commute. With selected employees working from home, local businesses save money on business rent and rates space, hot-desking and desk-sharing schemes and the secondary carbon expenditure on maintaining large offices. With fewer employees commuting, less carbon is produced from travel and, again, there is less expense for the traveller. Employees certainly appreciate the elevated trust and flexibility that modern technological communications support and respond with increased productivity and company loyalty. This home-working formula can benefit every business and extends to Directors and Senior Management Personnel throughout all industry sectors in Glasgow.
This vibrant place has a buzzing and secure industry base which fuels forward-thinking concerning the environment. The city has extensively planned open park developments which contributes to the clean air, as does the home-working and train travel emphasis. With Burn’s night tonight – enjoy your evening supper!
We twa hae run about the braes
And pou’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne. RB.