Glasgow begins £40m fight against fuel poverty
A £40 million initiative will tackle fuel poverty in more than 5,000 Glasgow homes, using exterior wall and cavity insulation, biomass boilers and district heating systems.
Glasgow City Council was awarded £6.6 million in funding from the Scottish government’s home energy efficiency programme – and will help residents will obtain an extra £21 million. The project, Sustainable Glasgow, is also working with the city’s landlords who will contribute £12m.
Glasgow City Council leader and chair of Sustainable Glasgow, councillor Gordon Matheson said: “Fuel poverty is a big problem in Glasgow and it's something which the council is determined to tackle in partnership with housing providers.
“This new investment of £40m is fantastic news for city residents – many who of whom are living in hard-to-heat properties. In recent years we have endured some of the coldest winters in living memory and energy costs have been spiralling.
“This funding will enable almost 5,000 homes to be upgraded – creating more energy-efficient properties which retain heat and allow people to live more comfortably without worrying about energy bills. It will also help tackle environmental issues by reducing emissions.”
One of the first beneficiaries, Queen Cross Housing Association, has been awarded £725,000 towards its innovative Ecopod green energy project, which harnesses solar power and uses energy efficient boilers.
It is Scotland's first Ecopod project and will benefit 542 flats and maisonettes in the Woodside area of the city.