SNP MP hails Britain’s biggest retro-fit renewable energy district heating scheme role in tackling fuel poverty

MP Deirdre Brock is shown the Windyford district heating scheme in Glasgow.
MP Deirdre Brock is shown the Wyndford district heating scheme in Glasgow.

SNP MP Deidre Brock has visited the innovative Wyndford district heating scheme in Glasgow to find out more about how older homes can be made more energy efficient and deliver on the UK’s low carbon agenda

The visit was co-hosted by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and Brock (MP for Leith and north Edinburgh) was shown how district heating works and how the scheme is helping to improve residents’ quality of life and tackling fuel poverty in the long term. 

The Wyndford scheme is home to one Britain’s biggest retrofit district heating schemes, providing on-demand low carbon heating and hot water to more than 1,800 homes. The system was installed by SSE in partnership with a Scottish housing association.

A recent report published by SSE shows that the scheme has delivered a 62% reduction in CO2 emissions since it was installed, as well as compelling evidence that lives have significantly improved, comfort has increased, and jobs and economic value have been created. 

Commenting on the tour of the energy centre, Brock said: “District heating is a grand idea – it seems, from what I’ve seen, to deliver warmer homes and better energy efficiency.  That makes it more environmentally friendly of course, so the planet wins as well.

“This might just be the next step Scotland has to take to deliver freedom from fuel poverty and ecologically sound heating at the same time.

“I learned a bit about how the system works on this visit and it was retrofitted so there are opportunities all over the place if we can get schemes off the ground.”

See also:

Scot-Govt must urgently re-set priorities after failing to eradicate fuel-poverty

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