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Historic Scotland joins European project to tackle CO2 emissions

28 September 2012

A new European-wide project to cut carbon emissions from properties in historic urban districts by upgrading traditional building fabrics to modern standards is being supported by Historic Scotland.

The European Commission has committed more than €6 million to the EFFESUS (Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts’ Sustainability) project, which also aims to help member states meet stringent targets for cutting energy consumption.

Historic Scotland is one of 23 partners from 13 countries participating in the scheme, which will target historic properties individually and together, and also examine energy supplies from renewable sources.

Senior Technical Officer at Historic Scotland, Carsten Hermann said: “Participating in EFFESUS is a brilliant opportunity for the agency to support our government’s aim of making Scotland a world leader in reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.”

Two Scottish industry partners have joined Historic Scotland in the project – the Proctor Group, a specialist insulation manufacturer from Perthshire, and Dennis Rodwell, a cultural heritage consultant based in the Scottish Borders.

Historic Scotland will support data collection, and provide policy and technical advice on heritage conservation issues, as well as participating in outreach activities.

The agency will also work with Glasgow City Council to co-ordinate a case study project trailling upgrade techniques on traditional properties.

Mr Hermann added: “This work will follow on from some of our recent upgrading work, including a project on tenement flats in Govan.”

The EFFESUS project will carry out its research work over the next four years, and has a budget of €6.7 million. Historic Scotland’s share of the fund will be €128,000.

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