Scientists from the University of Strathclyde have called for derelict land around Glasgow to be used to reduce fuel poverty. A report by the academics in the journal Renewable Energy claims the Scottish city has enough vacant brownfield land to build a network of ground source heat pumps, which could be used to heat social housing across Glasgow. The scientists found Glasgow has the highest concentration of derelict land anywhere in Scotland, totaling 1,195 hectares in more than 860 sites. When combined with licensed and unlicensed landfill sites, brownfield land represents 9% of the city area. ‘This study suggests there is potential to ease fuel poverty in Glasgow by making use of brownfield land to deploy renewable energy technologies such as ground-source heat pumps,’ said senior lecturer, Richard Lord. ‘Brownfield land is a legacy of industrial retraction in many towns and cities worldwide, where land lies vacant after it has … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart