Engineers have calculated that heat pumps under the city’s parks and playing fields could warm up to 49,000 homes. In fact, Glasgow, which is greener than most cities, has been identified as the local authority area in Scotland with the highest untapped capacity for ground source energy. The Herald can reveal that the city, which is gunning to be Scotland’s first to achieve zero net carbon, is actively considering such technology. Saughton Park in Edinburgh already has heat pump technology, which works like a fridge in reverse to generate warmth from the difference in two temperatures. Now a study by a charity called Possible reckons Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and the capital all have substantial ground source heat potential. Possible said Glasgow alone could use its parks and other green spaces to meet 297 megawatts of peak heat demand, cutting UK carbon emissions by 83,000 tonnes each year.
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