08 Nov 2019
Data released earlier this week by the Department for Transport reveals that Glasgow tops the list of Scottish cities for the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points, with 140 available, while Scotland is the best region in the UK.
The news comes after ScottishPower’s pledge earlier in the year to make Glasgow into the UK’s first zero-carbon city with a mass rollout of EV charging points, including the installation of a system over the next 10 years to serve the 70% of city residents who live in flats with no accessible off-street parking.
Glasgow already boasts the only low emission zone outside London, and ScottishPower’s Whitelee windfarm is located on the city’s outskirts.
The company is working with Glasgow City Council to decarbonise the city’s heating and transport, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcoming the pledge upon its announcement: “Reaching our goals will need exactly this kind of partnership approach – with government, business, local authorities and citizens all playing their part.”
According to the Committee on Climate Change, low-carbon electricity generation must quadruple by 2050 for the UK to hit net zero emissions. The Scottish Government has pledged to do so by 2045, with emissions reduced by 75% by 2030.
ScottishPower chief corporate officer Keith Anderson previously said: “We can’t do this if we keep inventing ways to block new renewable capacity. Onshore wind, in particular, has suffered as a consequence and the time has come for a fundamental rethink.
“We’ve been able to compensate to some extent by racing ahead with large offshore wind projects, but quadrupling capacity can’t reply on putting all our eggs in one renewable basket. We’ve said very clearly, we will aim to invest £6bn in renewable capacity by 2022. The easier it is to do this, the quicker we all get to net-zero.”