ScottishPower has launched Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) in Glasgow – the first detailed roadmap setting out the scale of the challenge for local communities in reaching the city’s Net Zero targets. Based on forecasts commissioned by ScottishPower from Capital Economics, the independent research consultancy, today’s figures reveal for the first time Glasgow’s transport and home heating requirements to meet its 2030 Net Zero target. The roadmap launches nine months before the city hosts the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26. ScottishPower has launched the Zero Carbon Communities campaign to help support communities to deliver on climate change. Each community across the UK is unique, requiring local solutions to meet local needs, and aligned investment plans so that we can support these communities right where they need it. Glasgow has set its own ambitious target to become the UK’s first Net Zero city, but how it gets there will be significantly different from other big cities across the country. 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. Capital Economics estimates the costs of installing these to be £298 million, and also estimates that converting Glasgow to electric heating will require c. £1.4 billion for the installation of electric heat pumps in over 244,000 homes. Glasgow’s energy network will need considerable investment to support these changes, with Capital Economics estimating that £648 million will be required to achieve Net Zero. By investing in a planned and strategic way, SP Energy Networks believes there is potential to reduce significantly these network investment costs by 30%-40%. As part of plans to modernise the city’s electrical network infrastructure, SP Energy Networks is investing £20m between now and 2022 to facilitate an increase in available network capacity and to support regeneration initiatives.
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ENERGY company ScottishPower has launched Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) in Glasgow – the first detailed road map setting out the scale of the challenge in reaching the city’s Net Zero targets. The campaign, launched nine months before Glasgow is set to host the UN’s COP26 conference, intends on helping to support communities in contributing towards the city’s ambitious 2030 target.
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The centre of Glasgow will be pedestrianised after councillors approved multimillion-pound improvement plans for the city centre. Glasgow city council backed proposals to pedestrianise parts of George Square as part of a scheme costing between £8 million and £10 million to remove vehicles from large parts of the city’s central zone. All parking spaces will be removed from the square and the east and west sides will be fully pedestrianised. Cyclists and public transport will be able to travel down the north and south sides. A new pedestrian link through the square will connect Queen Street station with Argyle Street and the Clyde. Work is due to start in 2023.
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