Glasgow to develop sustainable solutions to fuel poverty with €4.1m EU grant
More than €4 million has been awarded to Glasgow City Council to develop sustainable solutions tackling issues such as fuel poverty, ageing infrastructure and air quality on its new smart street district.
The €4.1m EU Horizon 2020 programme grant will be used to develop initiatives, such as intelligent energy management systems, which make sharing of energy possible between the various buildings within Glasgow’s new smart street district, which runs from George Street, Duke Street and ending at the former meat market site.
Together with the University of Strathclyde, SP Energy Networks, Siemens, Transport Scotland, Tennents Brewery and Glasgow Housing Association, a package of innovative sustainability measures have been developed. This will involve the deployment of sustainable energy sources such as efficient heat networks, solar panels, urban wind turbines, and energy storage installations, along with energy efficiency improvements for local residents.
In addition to improving energy use in buildings, the project will enhance the provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure within the smart street area, and explore the opportunities around charging through renewable sources, energy management and support to the local electrical grid.
Councillor Anna Richardson, Glasgow city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said: “This funding from the European Commission will allow Glasgow to benefit from the use of sustainable technologies in tackling issues such as fuel poverty, ageing infrastructure and air quality.
“Cutting carbon emissions, tackling climate change and increasing access to affordable energy for city residents are key priorities.
“It will help create job opportunities and contribute to improving the quality of life for residents living and working in the smart corridor district.
“Glasgow is striving to become one of the most sustainable and resilient cities in Europe and harnessing renewable energy and securing future energy supplies for our citizens are a major part of that aspiration.
“With this official acknowledgement by the European Commission, Glasgow will continue its journey initiated by Sustainable Glasgow and Future Cities initiatives, maintaining our position as a leader in the development of sustainable and smart cities.”