GLASGOW will "require big changes" after a report commissioned by ScottishPower revealed the amount of investment required for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030.

In the report, it was revealed that Glasgow will need to install 17,000 charging points at a cost of £298million with a further £1.4billion needed to convert 244,900 homes to electric heating.

ScottishPower have now launched a 'Zero Carbon Communities' campaign, ahead of this year's COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, in order to help local communities become carbon neutral.

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Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of ScottishPower, said: "To reach Net Zero, we’ll all need to make changes as we move away from the fossil fuels that power our cars and heat our homes today.

"Upgrading heating systems and shifting to electric vehicles will require big changes, but they will have compelling social, economic and environmental benefits."

The energy company has partnered up with bike share company nextbike, who currently have 63 e-bikes and 21 charging points throughout the city.

Launched in 2014, the nextbike bike rental stations now tally 79.

Sam Coldham, UK Business Development Manager at nextbike, said: “We know that bike share can play a vital part in reducing car dependency in our cities, and we’re excited to be playing a part ScottishPower’s plans to turn Glasgow into a Zero Carbon Community."

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Michael Mathieson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: "It is encouraging that ScottishPower shares our view of the importance e-bikes can play in encouraging modal shift and reducing carbon emissions, and have committed to sponsoring the nextbike scheme, in order to promote its benefits to even more people across Glasgow.

"This continued partnership approach between businesses, local authorities and communities is exactly what is required to respond to the climate emergency and improve the air quality in our cities."