‘Green’ projects to receive Government funding boost

TWELVE local authority buildings in Edinburgh are to be upgraded to so-called ‘Passivhaus’ energy efficiency standards, as part of a nationwide programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

The project is part of a programme announced by the Scottish Government earlier this year, called Green Growth Accelerator.

Says the Scottish Government, here: “The Scottish Government will provide up to £1 million to support the ‘pathfinders’, through the development phase of the programme, which together could unlock £40 million of local government investment in green infrastructure, backed by long-term Scottish Government funding commitments. 

“Future funding commitments will be based on the achievement of project outcomes including carbon emissions reductions and green economy opportunities.”

It adds: “The Green Growth Accelerator programme, developed with the support of the Scottish Futures Trust, was launched to provide a catalyst for public and private investment in low carbon infrastructure projects across Scotland.”

The Edinburgh buildings are to be ‘retrofitted’ to the Passivhaus equivalent known as EnerPHit.

Other projects to benefit from the programme include in the Highlands, to research and implement the restoration of the coastline, including tree planting, peatland restoration, sand dune strengthening, saltmarsh restoration, and floodplain development.

Two days ago, the Scottish Government announced a £1.8bn programme to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s homes and buildings – as announced here.

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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