The Scottish city of Glasgow has announced its intention to be the first net-zero rated city in the UK.
One of the UK’s Big Six energy suppliers, ScottishPower is to collaborate with the city council in a number of programmes, to help reach its goal of being a carbon-emissions free “well before” the country’s target date of 2045.
The plans include the decarbonisation of transport and heating, and investment into low-carbon grid technologies.
ScottishPower is also planning the mass-rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging points as part of decarbonisation plans.
The city has also followed London’s example of setting a low-emission zone, and intends phasing out the city-centre’s dirtiest buses over the next five years.
Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council Leader said: “Today I make a commitment that Glasgow is determined to lead the UK’s ‘race to zero’.
“From the research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the appeals from our classrooms, our streets and civic squares, we know that emissions reduction is the issue of our times. We simply have to act now and the Glasgow City Government will develop those partnerships necessary to get to where we simply have to be. We need to be a net zero city and we need to be the UK’s first net zero city.”
Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of ScottishPower added: “The maths for going net zero is simple. Renewable energy capacity has to quadruple and electricity generation has to double. We can’t do this if we keep inventing ways to block new renewable capacity. Onshore wind in particular has suffered as a consequence and the time has come for a fundamental rethink.
“We’ve been able to compensate to some extent by racing ahead with large offshore wind projects but quadrupling capacity can’t rely on putting all our eggs in one renewable basket. We’ve said very clearly we will aim to invest £6 billion in renewable capacity by 2022. The easier it is to do this, the quicker we all get to net zero.”
Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s other major cities has also set a provisional net-zero target date of 2039.