Dialogue 2. Raising Ambition on Net Zero – Providing low carbon energy and housing solutions
- Date held: Thursday 19 November
- Professor Gioia Falcone, Rankine Chair of Energy Engineering, University of Glasgow
- Gavin Slater, Head of Sustainability, Glasgow City Council
A. Transforming existing buildings into more energy-efficient homes and spaces
Decarbonising heat is one of the principal tasks facing Glasgow on the road to meeting its 2030 target year for carbon neutrality. The built environment – both homes and non-domestic premises – is therefore a key area for innovation in technology and in how partners work together. This theme will look at how the city is aiming to transform existing buildings into more energy-efficient homes, including how it is addressing particular challenges around the city’s older, tenemental housing stock.
B. Using digital technology to inform energy management decisions and communication
Smart cities technologies and the better use of data analytics have come to characterise urban approaches to the sustainability agenda across the world, as policymakers, researchers and practitioners explore their potential to support long-standing social objectives. This theme will highlight the role of digital technology in informing energy management decisions and communication. It will draw on the extensive work which has been undertaken in Glasgow to map the sub-surface of the city and reveal its potential for capturing energy, as well as at local work aiming to link data, renewable energy and affordable warmth for local residents.
C. Harnessing the geothermal energy under the city to deliver green energy and job solutions
One of the city’s under-used assets, representing a legacy from its industrial past, is trapped water from mine workings, which can be utilised as a source of renewable heat. This theme will look at work to harness these assets and deliver multiple benefits around green energy, local regeneration and support for a just transition to new job opportunities.
Professor Gioia Falcone, University of Glasgow
- Nick Kelly, Energy Systems Research Unit at Strathclyde University
- Martin McKay, Clyde Gateway
- Hugh Barron, Business Manager, British Geological Survey Scotland
- Johanna Partin, Director, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
- Ken Gibb, Director of CaCHE, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
- Tim German, Government & Regulator Senior Relationship Manager, and George Day, Head of Markets, Policy and Regulation, from Catapult Energy Systems
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