Glasgow-based cycling charity SoulRiders has received funding from SP Energy Networks to provide Scotland’s first integrated cargo bike delivery and waste service.

A total of 21 Scottish projects have been awarded a share of SP Energy Networks’ £10 million Green Economy Fund. Established in 2018, the fund supports projects that promote low-carbon heating, low-carbon transport, or ‘the education of Scotland’s workforce for a greener future’.

Supported projects contribute towards the Scottish Government reaching its green targets, aimed at boosting local economic growth, improving air quality and delivering ‘a better future, quicker’ for its communities.

Frank Mitchell, chief executive of SP Energy Networks, said: “We are delighted to recognise some of Scotland’s greenest and most innovative projects by awarding them funding to further their vital work.

“At SP Energy Networks, we share the Scottish Government’s vision of making a cleaner, greener Scotland by accelerating our green economy in order to deliver a better future quicker for our communities.”

Rashid Khaliq, Chief Executive, SoulRiders, said: “At SoulRiders, our aim has always been to create stronger communities through cycling. Thanks to funding from the Green Economy Fund, we are now able to launch our new e-cargo bike service. We believe our project will reduce the number of vans and lorries on our streets and provides a solution to many issues including traffic and pollution in cities. We are proud to play our part in Scotland’s thriving green economy and to be receiving this crucial support from SP Energy Networks.”

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