September 2020 - Nesta release a new leaflet that aims to summarise findings from its ParkPower and Powering Parks projects - Harnessing renewable energy in parks

September 2020 - ParkPower presents at Scottish Enterprise webinar on The Opportunity for Ground Source Heat in Scotland and attends Scottish Renewables Low Carbon Heat Conference on 24th Sept 2020

August 2020 - Final (Stage 2) reports are produced by Ramboll for Glasgow City Council and City of Edinburgh Council as techno-economic appraisals of four public park sites across the two cities.

August 2020 - Green Heat in Greenspaces (GHiGs) project is launched involving partners from across Scotland's public sector together with technical advisers in the low carbon heat sector.

July 2020 - City of Edinburgh Council publishes it's response to an independently produced climate action strategy for the city which states (Section 4.31) that "the city has a significant amount of green space but that it is not widely accessed or aligned either to improving city wide public health or our net zero commitment – including how it might be used proactively in respect of heat and energy generation."

July 2020 - Stage 1 reports are produced by Ramboll to create short lists of greenspace opportunities for low carbon heat solutions within the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.  A limited set of opportunities will now be progressed to Stage 2, a techno-economic feasibility study.

July 2020 - Lessons learnt from the ParkPower programme are presented to 8 places across the UK at a Future Parks Accelerator cohort webinar.

June 2020 - In partnership with Ramboll, Phase 1 to shortlist parks and playing fields in Glasgow and Edinburgh according to their potential to generate low carbon heat is completed. Phase 2 is now on-going to undertake techno-economic appraisals of the short-listed sites.

June 2020 - ParkPower Key Learning report published - see our Publications page.

May 2020 - ParkPower is presented at the TCPA Green Cities webinar event: Why greening the UK’s cities, towns and neighbourhoods matters and how to do it successfully

May 2020 - Call for expressions of interest from public bodies across Scotland to get involved in the Green Heat in Greenspaces (GHiGs) project - see project summary for more.

Apr 2020 - Projects kick-off to assess green energy potential of greenspace portfolios for Glasgow City Council and City of Edinburgh Council working with Ramboll's energy team.

Mar 2020 - We really like this blog post in 'The Big City' - a valuable review of ParkPower to date:  Generating energy from city parks and green spaces - The big city

Mar 2020 - CARES funded project delivers feasibility report for 5 greenspace sites

Feb 2020 - ParkPower Conference: Utilising public open space assets to decarbonise our energy system

ParkPower Conference 2020

140 delegates gathered in Stirling on 26 February for the first ParkPower conference to hear about the potential for ParkPower to provide clean green energy to heat and power our homes, schools, hospitals and other buildings. The untapped energy potential of Scotland’s parks could heat 15% of Scotland’s homes, with carbon savings equivalent to 10 years growth of 9½ million tree saplings, and 25% of parks could be suitable for EV charging deployment. The full findings report, methodology and conference presentations are available to download. 

Feb 2020 - media coverage of ParkPower Conference and Nesta Rethinking Parks final reports:

Feb 2020 - ParkPower partners with Buccleuch Estate for Shawfair development, Edinburgh and Midlothian, Project Scotland

Feb 2020 - ParkPower partners with Winchburgh Development, West Lothian:  Urban Realm and Scottish Construction Now

Feb 2020 - ParkPower presents at Association of Geographic Information Scotland conference

Jan 2020 - ParkPower Conference promoted through Sustainable Scotland Network 

Oct 2019 - Micro-hydro scheme taking shape at Saughton Park, Edinburgh

Sep 2019 - ParkPower presents at Holyrood Asset Management Conference - view presentation "Using green assets for green energy"

Aug 2019 - Success with CARES funding for feasibility study through Local Energy Scotland

2018 - Rethinking Parks project funding announcement to support ParkPower

2016 - Feasibility study for Ground Source Heat solutions in greenspaces

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