Glasgow City Council has accepted £6,212,342 funding from the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland programme.
This funding aims to upgrade housing stock; tackle fuel poverty; reduce carbon emissions; support the local economy and sustainable local economic development; and lever in Energy Company Obligation funding.
The 2018 Scottish House Condition survey estimated that around 25% of Glasgow’s households were fuel-poor (spending more than 10% of their disposable household income on fuel costs).
Tackling fuel poverty is – alongside energy efficiency and measures to mitigate against climate change – a key priority of the council under the Affordable Warmth programme.
The programme sees the council working in partnership with owner-occupiers, private landlords and housing associations to deliver energy-efficiency measures in homes with funding coming from the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Programme: Area Based Schemes (EES:ABS), Energy Company Obligation funding from energy suppliers, and the owner-occupiers and private landlords. This is a voluntary programme with owners opting in to participate.
The programme delivers insulation measures – mostly external wall insulation – to bring lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions. The latest funding is for the 2021/22 financial year.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “This new funding from the Energy Efficient Scotland programme is very welcome, all the more so in this time of high energy prices and a climate emergency. The funding will help Glasgow achieve our goals of becoming a Net-Zero city by reducing carbon emissions and reducing household energy bills in the city’s homes.”