OFFICIALS have warned almost £11 billion of funding will be needed to transform homes across the Glasgow City Region into energy efficient properties – even before gas boilers are ripped out of homes to meet net zero targets. The “astounding costs” would mean up to £600 million of investment would be needed each year over the next 15 years to reach Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) level C. The Scottish Government has pledged for all homes to upgraded to EPC band C by 2035, but only if it is “technically feasible and cost-effective” – with the latest figures throwing that strategy into doubt. A new report from Glasgow City Region officials suggests that 428,000 properties will need to be upgraded – currently below the EPC band C standards. The document, to be considered by the Glasgow City Region cabinet next week, has warned the total costs are “estimated to be in the region of £10.7 billion”. The Scottish Conservatives have called on the SNP Government to set out funding for homes to be upgraded – warning “action needs to happen now, not years down the line”. Plans were unveiled last week for a staggering £30 billion of investment needed to help Glasgow achieve its net zero ambitions.
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