Student Fellowship

Advancing Glasgow's GreenPrint for Investment and Green New Deal

Project Area:

Climate Action

City:

Glasgow, Scotland

Reporting to:

Senior Advisor to the Leader (Mayor)

The Challenge

Glasgow has an ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030 and to become one of the most sustainable cities in Scotland and a model for other small and mid-sized European cities. The city’s GreenPrint for Investment prospectus outlines a plan to make this goal a reality. Bridging the gap between the plan and funding for key initiatives is a mayoral priority. City leadership also see a moral imperative to deliver climate justice and a reputational priority for the city given its status as a previous COP host city.1 While work towards achieving net zero carbon is already underway (such as low-carbon home retrofits for energy efficiency, reducing transit emissions, exploring alternative sources of energy such as hydropower), additional investments are needed for key priorities, including low-carbon retrofits and buildings, tree planting and green infrastructure, strengthening energy networks, improvements in infrastructure for mobility, and moving towards a circular economy. 

In preparation for COP28 in Dubai, city leadership would like to develop a strategy for engagement with potential funders and investors using the city’s GreenPrint for Investment prospectus. Working closely with the city’s Economic Development Team and specifically within the Green Economy Team, the fellow would seek to answer the following key questions: 

  • How do Glasgow’s efforts stack up with other city approaches to accomplishing net zero goals?
  • How can the city bridge the gap between plans and financing and attract investors to support their green initiatives? How might it de-risk its proposition for the markets and for what types of ventures?
  • How can the Leader and Green Economy team best share successes to influence net zero and green initiatives across Scotland and UK partners?
  • How can the city partner across key sectors and regionally with other peer cities in the UK (Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool) to realize its plan?

What You’ll Do

The fellow will conduct research and analysis and engage with key stakeholders inside and outside of city hall including the Green Economy Team, potential investors, local universities, the Sustainable Glasgow Partnership, and other UK city governments to support the city’s prospectus in preparation for COP28. Key deliverables include:

  1. An evaluation of where Glasgow sits in this space (through assessment of promising practices deployed by other cities), Glasgow’s investment potential, and strategies for bridging the gap between plans and funding.  
  2. A summary of Glasgow’s climate-focused accomplishments, investment needs, and investor wants. If the fellow’s skillset allows, creation of a financial model to inform strategy.
  3. A strategy for investor and funder engagement prior to, at, and post COP28. 
  4. If relevant, support for the city’s work in the Bloomberg Harvard Innovation Track focused on harnessing entrepreneurship in the city.

What You’ll Bring

The fellow will be expected to possess the following skills: 

  • Data analysis
  • Qualitative interviewing and analysis
  • Mapping (GIS)
  • Policy analysis
  • Design thinking
  • Writing and editing
  • Stakeholders engagement and management
  • Financial modeling 

1 Glasgow was the host for the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

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