Glasgow to lead £3m European energy future
By Daniel Hunter
A major project worth more than £3 million will secure a bright future for low carbon energy in Glasgow and three other major European cities after gaining the green light from the European Commission.
The STEP-UP project will bring together excellence in energy planning and accelerate the development of innovative energy projects throughout Europe. It will be led by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with Glasgow City Council, ScottishPower and the ambitious northern European cities of Gothenburg, Ghent and Riga.
Industrial and research partners in each of the cities will work together to significantly enhance their low carbon energy strategies and tackle the Europe 2020 energy targets for improved energy efficiency, growth of renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction.
The project will draw on the partner cities’ experience and expertise to create a coherent and easy-to-use model for energy planning that will be adopted in multiple cities to deliver faster and greater benefits.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “I am delighted that this ambitious collaborative project will allow Glasgow and Scotland to build on a growing global reputation for excellence in the energy field.
“As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde is well placed to lead this innovative project and maximise the capacity of our world-class research to help shape the future for energy planning. This is the leading project of its kind in Europe and will help industry and government meet the major energy challenges in the years ahead.
“Ghent, Riga and Gothenburg have much in common with Glasgow and together we will work to transform current energy systems into a more sustainable, competitive and secure model.”
The STEP-UP project is closely linked to Sustainable Glasgow, a city-wide partnership formed to help Glasgow become one... continued on page two >