Climate action on your doorstep. COP26 will bring Earth's most urgent conversation to Scotland in November 2021. In Local Zero, Glasgow-based researchers Dr Rebecca Ford and Dr Matt Hannon are your trusted guides to smart local energy and a zero carbon future.
Too Hot to Handle? Decarbonising heat in homes and industry
Heat is a key challenge in achieving carbon net-zero. What is being done to decarbonise heat systems, and how can this work be accelerated? Heat policy experts Richard Lowes and Jen Roberts address barriers and challenges to a just transition of heat. We also hear from some of very few householders to have already installed heat-pumps.
Show me the money: funding the net zero transition
Who pays for local energy systems in the net-zero transition, and why? What are the financial barriers that local and community energy models need to overcome? Barbara Hammond MBE shares lessons she's learned over ten years of running Oxford's Low Carbon Hub, and renewable finance guru Bruce Davis of Abundance Investment details different types of green energy finance.
Power To The People: Net Zero and Citizen Engagement
How do those leading the charge on carbon reduction bring everyone else in society along for the ride? Our guest is Professor Rebecca Willis, who leads on citizen engagement in climate change at Lancaster University. Her book on this subject is called 'Too Hot To Handle: The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change'.
Chris Stark of the UK Climate Change Committee
Chris Stark, chief executive of the UK's Climate Change Committee, shares his hopes, ambitions and fears over climate change goals, and his aspirations for Glasgow as it prepares to host COP26 later this year.
The team refer to a document in the episode entitled 'Local Authorities and the Sixth Carbon Budget'. You can download it at this link: https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/local-authorities-and-the-sixth-carbon-budget/
Fuel poverty and net zero: Leave no-one behind
Fuel poverty is a pervasive and persistent issue for some of society's most vulnerable groups. How can the push for net zero help to end fuel poverty, and how can local solutions help? We meet fuel poor households in Glasgow, and visit Orkney - which has some of the UK's worst fuel poverty - but also some of the most innovative solutions.
We hear from:
Prof Aimee Ambrose, Energy Policy professor at Sheffield Hallam University and chair of the UK's Fuel Poverty Research Network
Luke Fraser from The Orkney Islands Council on Orkney's pioneering energy project ReFLEX.
Gareth Davies from Orkney-based company Aquatera, also on ReFLEX.
Glasgow's challenge: a net zero city by 2030
What is required to bring one of Britain's biggest cities down to net zero? In this episode, we focus on Glasgow as a case study for ambitious, city-level climate action, and set out the vital roles to be played by local authorities, communities and other key actors.
Anna Richardson - Glasgow City Council Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction
Lucy Gillie - general manager of Govanhill-based community environmental organisation South Seeds
Roddy Yarr - leads on developing and implementing climate change policy and solutions for the University of Strathclyde