16 Nov 2018
SP Energy Network has helped save Glasgow’s only electric bus service, which connects the Riverside Museum with the Kelvingrove Museum, the SEC and the city centre, as part of its £20 million Green Economy Fund.
The council-operated 100 service, which was due to be axed last week with re-tender scheduled for February, will receive three months of funding while SP Energy Networks works alongside operators to find a permanent solution to prevent it from closure.
The fund, established earlier this year, will support 13 projects across Scotland, helping to meet the ambitious green targets of the Scottish Government to boost local economic growth and improve air quality in cities. It focuses on the communities in which SP Energy Networks operates – central and southern Scotland – and will run for two years.
Almost £6 million has been awarded after the first round of funding applications – including a ground-breaking new partnership with First Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest bus operator, to bring the first passenger electric buses to Glasgow.
SP Energy Networks’ CEO, Frank Mitchell, said: “There are many projects, large and small, which are carrying out innovative and inspiring work to expand Scotland’s green economy and accelerate local growth. The Green Economy Fund can provide them with the financial boost required to make great ideas a reality.
“The Scottish Government has an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions and to grow Scotland’s use of electric vehicles and SP Energy Networks is ready to help deliver that plan. We want to promote the uptake of electric vehicles and the development of the infrastructure required; we want to help with the provision of affordable low carbon heating to address fuel poverty and we want to encourage low-carbon job creation.
“But the Green Economy isn’t just about individual green projects; it is about creating and accelerating a green economy for Scotland – to deliver a better future, quicker. The projects that have been helped with this first round of SP Energy Networks’ finding will help to do that; to make Scotland a cleaner, greener place for generations to come.”
Initiatives supported by the Green Economy Fund include:
For more information, please visit: https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/