A Scottish MEP has welcomed a crucial vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg (Wednesday 28 October) which resulted in the award of 1 million Euros to Glasgow’s Caledonian University for research into green infrastructure projects.
The funding bid was worked on jointly by Ian and Rohinton Emmanuel, Professor and Subject Leader in Sustainable Design and Construction at Glasgow Caledonian University.
The money will help develop a set of standards to assist the creation, management and governance of green infrastructure projects. The ultimate goal will be to improve the use of green space, such as parks, and to reduce emissions.
Dr Ian Duncan, (Tory MEP and the party’s spokesman on Energy in the EU) expressed his delight at bringing European money back to Scotland. He said: “This is an exciting opportunity to support one of Scotland’s universities through direct EU investment.
“The project put together by Professor Rohinton of Glasgow Caledonian University is unique and could bring significant health and environment benefits for people living in city centres.
“As a member of the Research Committee I have championed this project, and am delighted that MEPs gave it their backing. I will continue to fight to bring more investment back to Scotland”.
Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, the project’s author, added: “While the benefits of green infrastructure are well known, evidence-based tools and policies for its promotion, monitoring and implementation are not widely available.
“This project will develop protocols for an EU-wide deployment of urban green infrastructure that could act as a catalyst for enhanced urban sustainability and resilience at a time of major societal, economic and environmental change.”