MP visits innovative Glasgow district heating scheme

Deidre Brock MP 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 with the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and Ms Brock was show 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 Estate is home to one of the UK’s largest retrofit district heating schemes, providing on-demand low carbon heating and hot water to more than 1,800 homes and saving 7,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. The system was installed by SSE in partnership with Cube Housing Association in 2012. A report published by SSE in June 2016  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, Deidre 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.

“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.  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.”

You can read the Sustainable Heating report here.