MORE charging points for electric vehicles are to be installed across Renfrewshire as part of a bid to tackle climate change.

Plans have been announced to place units at Kirklandneuk Community Centre, in Renfrew, as well as Falcon Crescent and Glenburn Community Centre, both in Paisley, with work set to start on Monday, June 14.

It is anticipated the charging points, funded by Renfrewshire Council, will be ready for use by August.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, who represents Paisley Northwest, said he is delighted to see efforts being made to accommodate electric vehicles across the region, including outside of town centres.

“If we are serious about tackling climate change, we need to provide more alternatives to petrol and diesel vehicles," he added. "These new charging points will help those who want to switch over to driving electric vehicles.

“By spreading new charging points across our communities, Renfrewshire will boost the options of those who are looking at driving electric vehicles.”

Council chiefs declared a 'climate emergency' in 2019 and aim to make Renfrewshire carbon neutral by 2030.

This is a much more ambitious timescale than that of the Scottish Government, which has set a target of 2045.

The latest green move comes after the council announced a £250,000 investment in electric vehicles, a new standard for ‘zero carbon’ social housing and the restoration of peatlands earlier this year as part of its £1million Climate Change Action Fund.

The cash pot will boost new and existing initiatives and support partnership working across Renfrewshire to make the area more environmentally friendly.

To accelerate work in replacing diesel vehicles in the council’s fleet, £258,000 will be splashed out on several electric light commercial vans.

Meanwhile, a feasibility study will be launched into the restoration of peat bogs which would bring more carbon storage, enhanced biodiversity and improved flood retention.

A social housing project will bring together resources from academia and industry to develop best practice and design principles around a sustainable model that can be delivered as a standard at scale over the coming decade.