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Glasgow net-zero road map published

Words: Roger Milne
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Energy company ScottishPower has published a detailed road map to help Glasgow become the UK’s first net-zero city by 2030.

The road map has been launched nine months before the city hosts the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP26.

Based on forecasts commissioned by ScottishPower from Capital Economics, the independent research consultancy, these figures reveal for the first time Glasgow’s transport and home heating requirements to meet its 2030 target.

The scale of the challenge in Glasgow is clear. Capital Economics forecasts suggest that the city will need to install more than 175,000 charging points between now and 2030 to reach net zero, including nearly 17,000 chargers in non-residential areas.

The consultant estimates the costs of installing these to be £298 million and suggests that converting Glasgow to electric heating will require around £1.4 billion for the installation of electric heat pumps in at least 244,000 homes.

The city’s energy network would need considerable investment to support these changes – Capital Economics estimates that £648 million will be needed.

In a related development, ScottishPower has announced a new partnership with nextbike to sponsor Glasgow’s first fleet of e-bikes, enhancing the city’s green transport offer.

ScottishPower will sponsor 63 e-bikes and 21 charging points across the city. Given Glasgow’s hilly terrain, the city’s first e-bikes should prove ideal in helping it to transition towards an electric future.

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