The text below is the transcript from the 'Zero Carbon Communities' video.
Dr. Sam Gardner:
We’re at a critical moment in the fight against Climate Change.
At ScottishPower, we’re committed to playing a leading role in delivering a greener future.
We’re the first integrated energy company in the UK to generate 100% of our electricity from renewables, and our energy networks are critical to decarbonising the economy.
In a few years, many, many more of us will be using electric cars and buses to transport us to and from work, and up and down the country.
Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. In a few years, daily life will look and feel very different.
So we’ll need a whole network of charging points to support them.
The way we heat our homes and businesses will change too – with clean, energy efficient systems based on heat pumps instead of gas.
At ScottishPower, we’re proud of our track record on delivering the green transition. We’ve helped bring nearly one-third of the UK’s renewable electricity onto the grid, and we’re working with cities like Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool to realise their Net Zero plans.
But we know we need to do more, which is why we are launching of our Zero Carbon Communities initiative.
The UK Government has made a significant step forward, setting a national target to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The Scottish Government has gone further, setting an accelerated target of 2045. And our major cities are setting their own, ambitious targets to get to net zero.
Making these changes will take careful planning and investment as we undertake extensive upgrades to the UK’s electricity grid.
The wires and cables that move electricity from wind turbines and solar farms to homes and businesses are often overlooked. But these networks are the essential foundations for transforming the UK into the world’s first zero-carbon societies.
Everyone should be able to benefit from this transformational change. Cleaner air, green jobs and new services and technologies.
Working in partnership at national and local levels, Zero Carbon Communities will develop a unique plan for each of our communities on how the challenges will be met – helping to support the transition to electric vehicles and cleaner forms of heating.
Over the coming months, we’ll roll out Zero Carbon Communities to urban areas such as Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh and to rural communities like Anglesey and Fife.
We will work together to create a better future quicker for everyone.