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SPEN Preparing for Net Zero June 2021 Newsletter

Dear Mark

Please find below the June 2021 edition of the SP Energy Networks ICE monthly newsletter highlighting the important work we are doing to Prepare for Net Zero.

Electric Vehicles-
E-Cargo Bikes

SoulRiders, Scotland’s first integrated e-cargo bike delivery and food waste service, has revealed it has saved nearly 7 tons of carbon from vans and cars since launching its zero-emissions service in Glasgow last year. It has helped reduce the number of delivery vehicles on the streets and is helping Glasgow on its journey to become the UK’s first Net Zero city.

Scott Mathieson, Network Planning and Regulation Director at SP Energy Networks, said: “SoulRiders' electric fleet has enabled them to play a part in improving the city’s air quality and supporting the local community. It has a brilliant blueprint for developing new green solutions to meet the needs of local people and businesses in Glasgow.’

To read more about this story, click here.

Heat - Developing an industry leading tool to predict the uptake of low carbon forms of heating

We are delighted to share that we have developed an industry leading tool that predicts the uptake of low carbon forms of heating. Heat Up will help speed up the transition to Net Zero and help SP Energy Networks plan future investment on our network.

We've invested £129,000 through the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) funding mechanism on this project and are working in partnership with analytics consultancy Field Dynamics to develop the tool.

The Heat-Up tool will also help governments and local authorities better understand the scale of investment required to meet the ambitious decarbonisation of heat targets that have been set, including the installation of up to 600,000 heat pumps per year in the UK by 2028.

You can learn more about Heat Up here.

Flexibility - How Smart charging connections can accelerate chargepoint deployment

In his recent blog post, Geoff Murphy explains how Smart Charging Connections can accelerate chargepoint deployment, a key area in enabling a Net Zero future through the decarbonisation of transport.

Smart Charging Connections is the name given to the type of flexible connections being explored by the Charge Project specifically relating to the deployment of public chargepoints. To learn more about different types of flexibility, you can access four short videos on the Animations tab on the Charge page of our website, which can be found here.

To read more of Geoff Murphy’s blog post, click here.

Innovation - SP Energy Networks welcomes Draft Strategy for Edinburgh to become Net Zero capital by 2030

We welcome a new draft strategy which has been published by the City of Edinburgh Council outlining its approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Draft 2030 Climate Strategy sets a series of clear and practical steps Edinburgh will take to combat and adapt to climate change and reach its target of net zero emissions by 2030. These include proposals to develop a new strategic partnership between SP Energy Networks and Edinburgh City Council which will maximise the benefit of grid investment for the city and its citizens.

To learn more about SP Energy Networks support of the Draft 2030 Climate Strategy, click here.

Community - Conservation and energy efficiency in Canongate, Edinburgh.

Local Edinburgh residents living in the Canongate area of the Old Town will benefit from a range of conservation and energy efficiency improvements that are expected to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by over 50%.

Funding from our £20M Green Economy Fund will support the installation of double-glazed windows and upgrades to heating systems, as well as improving several other energy efficiency measures.

To learn more about how SP Energy Networks are helping our cities and communities reach their Net Zero ambitions, click here.

Kind regards,

Stakeholder & Community Engagement Team

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