SP Energy Networks has revealed major plans to help cities, towns and rural communities across Scotland achieve ‘net zero’ following the Scottish government’s announcement of the world’s most ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045 and new UK government legislation to achieve carbon neutral status by 2050.
SP Energy Networks, which is ScottishPower’s electricity grid across Central and Southern Scotland, has unveiled plans to support the electrification of transport networks across the country, support for innovative low carbon heat projects and plans for training for young people interested in careers in renewable technologies.
As a demonstration of intent, SP is planning to light up some of Scotland’s landmarks, the first being Edinburgh Castle, with green floodlighting as a way of
urging businesses, local authorities and public bodies to consider what ‘going green¹ will mean for them and how their organisations will need to innovate in the future.
The switch-on will coincide with SP Energy Networks hosting an awards event at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth to present £10million funding to innovative projects selected for investment through its Green Economy Fund. The funding boost will benefit 21 projects including e-bike and e-bus schemes, low carbon energy systems, community hubs and renewable energy training courses across Scotland.
SP Energy Networks is also investing in electricity infrastructure, trialling solutions for public electric vehicle charging, and working with parent company ScottishPower on the provision of infrastructure changes aimed at making Glasgow the UK’s first ‘net zero’ city.
Last year, ScottishPower became the first integrated energy company in the UK to shift completely from coal and gas generation to wind power – becoming 100% green.