ScottishPower and SP Energy Networks launched Zero Carbon Communities on 23 October – a detailed roadmap illustrating how local communities can contribute to delivering the UK’s net zero targets.
Based on forecasts commissioned by ScottishPower from Capital Economics, it is estimated that the UK will need to install more than 25mn electric vehicle (EV) charging points and nearly 23mn heat pumps to meet its 2050 net zero target.
As well as targets for the UK, the roadmap sets out key targets for Scotland on the path to net zero by 2045. These are:
- 2,010,543 EV charging points by 2045, of which 198,774 will be installed in public places. The estimated cost to install chargers across Scotland will be an estimated £3.6bn
- 1,964,438 households will need to install heat pumps by 2045. The estimated cost of installing these heat pumps will be an estimated £16.5bn
- network reinforcement, which will cost an estimated £5.2bn by 2045, and
- an estimated 10,081 jobs to support decarbonisation investment.
The Zero Carbon Communities campaign will be rolled out in several places in the SP Energy Networks region, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire.