Decarbonisation of buildings

Glasgow is on a mission to become the first net-zero city with ambitious targets ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in November 2021. 

Some of Glasgow City Council’s initiatives include all council vehicles to be zero emissions by 2029, the introduction of a low emission zone for Glasgow city centre, development of a plastic reduction strategy, an electric vehicle strategy, a circular economy route map and a new local transport strategy.  

Scottish Power is investing £20m between now and 2022 as part of the plans to modernise the cities electrical network and infrastructure. This should help facilitate an increase in available network capacity and to support regeneration initiatives.   

These measures are among a raft of changes that will be required across Scotland to achieve net-zero in the next 25 years.  

The plan includes more than two million charge points, 175,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points by 2030 and 17,000 chargers in non-residential areas.  It also involves nearly two million electric heat pumps being installed in over 244,000 homes to help decarbonise buildings.  

Decarbonising heat within buildings  

Heating our homes and businesses make up a significant part of our energy consumption and intelligent building offerings are key to the energy industry’s transformation for a decarbonised future. The relationship between the building energy supply and its demand is evolving into a more sustainable, highly digitised, and dynamic energy system.  

Analytics software such as our own Building Book platform offers useful insights to target, monitor and achieve both energy efficiency and emission reductions. It uses data and analytics to monitor and report on energy consumption in real time, as well as perform analysis on historical data. This allows energy managers to make sense of large and complex datasets to optimise their energy consumption accordingly. 

As well as being useful for analysing single buildings, Building Book can easily scale up to manage multiple large estates under a single account. Energy managers can then undertake large energy saving projects that can be monitored and reported on, ensuring the correct buildings and areas can be targeted that will result in the greatest impact. 

For more information on how you can use Building Book to reach its decarbonisation targets, get in touch with us at