Scotland’s first carbon-neutral urban district could be created in Glasgow. Under a scheme being explored by academics and civic leaders, the needs of city dwellers — including power, heat and transport -—will be fuelled by green energy. The pilot project, which aims to improve residents’ well-being and social inclusion, is one of three planned across Scotland’s central belt and could inform Scottish government policies aimed at reaching net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. A feasibility study led by Strathclyde University is due to be launched later this year. The district will benefit from heat pumps, smart energy grids that deliver 100% renewable energy to residents and businesses, and smart streets that give priority to pedestrians, are easily accessible and encourage active travel. The project aims to relieve fuel poverty and tackle air quality in the centre of Glasgow. Tender documents published last week state that a “strong focus” of the project is to reduce emissions, mainly from cars and buses. “The vision behind this work supports the development of a pathway to net-zero emissions for those involved, the city and its communities.” The other schemes include a 13MW solar farm in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park to deliver green energy to homes and businesses, and a carbon-neutral manufacturing district.
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