Following its hosting of COP26, the government expects to spend heavily in more than 50 initiatives, including plans for a carbon-neutral community.
Glasgow is at the center of the climate discourse, but the UK government is now trying to drive sustainable growth across the country. More than 50 projects in Scotland are due to earn up to £18 million in government funding to help them reach net zero emissions.
The money comes from the Community Renewal Fund, which is giving £200 million to about 500 initiatives in cities, villages, and coastal communities across the UK.
The projects that will be funded are those that will help the country reach its goal of net zero emissions.
One of these initiatives, a carbon-neutral hamlet with roughly 470 smart houses in Dumfries and Galloway, will get slightly under £1 million.
A boost to young people’s skills training and assistance for the extension of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across Scotland are among the other expenditures.
“As we unify and level up the whole UK, we are committed to enable communities the length and width of the nation make the most of their skills and generate new possibilities in their places,” said Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up.
“The cash we’re announcing today will assist local initiatives all around Scotland, from the borderlands to Na h-Eileanan Siar, that will help us achieve net zero carbon emissions and generate new employment.”