GLASGOW CITY REGION HOME ENERGY RETROFIT PROGRAMME
Project Value: £10 billion Investment Type: Blend of public infrastructure and private investment Location: Glasgow City Region Landowner: Eight local authorities and partners Timescale: 2022-2032 Status: Feasibility study in progress
The Glasgow City Region Cabinet has approved the development of a feasibility study for a large scale, regional Home Energy Retrofit Programme.
To create jobs, improve the quality of housing, and deliver on a shared commitment to net zero carbon emissions, the Cabinet is planning the delivery of a large scale home energy efficiency retrofit programme that will bring all properties up to Energy Performance Certificate C.
Retrofitting and providing a new clean energy heat source for every home that needs it will contribute to UK Government and Scottish Government commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions, give greater energy security, lower household energy bills, warmer homes and better health outcomes through reduced fuel poverty.
Across the City Region it is projected that there are nearly 428,000 properties that are currently in the Energy Performance Certificate D-G categories. These homes need to be retrofitted to meet local and national climate change targets. The cost of delivering home energy efficiency and clean energy sources for these properties will cost approximately £10 billion.
Retrofitted home, Glasgow
A programme of investment on this scale will be the most comprehensive and ambitious home energy retrofit programme ever to have been undertaken and requires sustained long-term investment. Over a 10 year programme of investment and delivery, it is estimated that the programme would support over 75,000 jobs and generate £4.4 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) across the Glasgow City Region. In addition to the employment and economic benefits, widespread insulation across the region would remove 10.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions per annum.
The certainty provided by a long-term programme of investment in residential energy efficiency and clean energy will offer significant opportunities for local companies to grow exponentially in order to deliver this ambitious programme of work. It would also create supply chain opportunities for local manufacturing companies to grow and for new businesses to locate within the City Region and create sustainable jobs. Initially, the plan is to secure funding from government to establish a small technical team to develop the 10 year programme, create economies of scale, leverage funding from other sources, set consistent technical solutions for different stock types, and to liaise with the private sector, further education and skills providers, and to coordinate delivery across the Glasgow City Region.
Passivhaus Refurbishment of Cedar Court, Queens Cross Housing Association, Glasgow
The Glasgow City Region Cabinet is currently undertaking a feasibility study that will consider potential funding models to deliver such an ambitious and large-scale programme.
Regional Partnership Manager, Glasgow City Region, Programme Management Office
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