SP Energy Networks has revealed plans to help cities, towns and rural communities across Scotland achieve 'net zero' - including the electrification of transport networks.
This follows the Scottish Government revealing 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, ScottishPower's electricity grid across Central and Southern Scotland, has also unveiled plans for innovative low carbon heat projects and training for young people interested in careers in renewable technologies.
Tonight (24 July), Scotland's most iconic landmarks will turn green in support of ‘net zero' - including Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow's Riverside Museum, Dumfries Museum, ScottishPower HQ and Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders.
In lighting Scotland's landmarks green, SP Energy Networks is urging businesses, local authorities and public bodies across Scotland to consider what ‘going green' 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 £10 million 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.
Frank Mitchell, chief executive of SP Energy Networks, said: "Becoming Net Zero offers Scotland a huge economic opportunity. The road to 2045 will mean many everyday activities will decarbonise and switch to all-electric technologies and it's essential for businesses and communities to start planning now for the transition to a cleaner and greener future.
"Through the Green Economy Fund, SP Energy Networks is investing £20m in Scottish projects that support low-carbon heating, electrification of transport and the education of a renewables workforce for a greener future. We're encouraging businesses, local authorities and public bodies in Scotland to follow suit and ramp up their investment in the green economy."
The Green Economy Fund was established by SP Energy Networks in 2018 to support projects that will ultimately help the Scottish Government in reaching its green targets, which aim to boost local economic growth, improve air quality in our cities and deliver a better future, quicker for our communities.