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Scotland to invest £43m in low-carbon infrastructure projects

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 May 2017

The Scottish Government has announced details of more than £43m of investment in low-carbon infrastructure to tackle climate change.

Claimed to be one of the largest direct energy investments in the last ten years, the funding will be provided for 13 projects across the country.

The funding is being provided by private and public sector partners under low carbon infrastructure transition programme (LCITP).

It will be used for the projects, including a local energy system on Fair Isle and an energy storage project in Shetland.

Other projects that benefit under the programme are low-carbon heat networks in Dundee, Stirling, Clydebank and Glenrothes, as well as heat pump installation project on the River Clyde that will serve the Gorbals area.

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “These projects have great potential to help us tackle climate change, and remain at the forefront of low carbon and renewable innovation. They will also bring economic benefits – in terms of savings and jobs – to local areas across the country.

“Scotland has some of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world. Over the past 10 years, our pattern of energy consumption has changed considerably, helping us to meet – and exceed – our 2020 target for reducing energy consumption, six years early.

Star Renewable Energy director Dave Pearson said: “The programme is providing excellent support in placing a high temperature river heat pump – the largest in the UK – at the Clyde to supply clean, low carbon heat to buildings in the Gorbals, helping us to collectively work to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in Scotland.”

The LCITP, which is a collaborative partnership headed by the Scottish Government, works with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland.

It will focus on developing low carbon infrastructure projects across public, private and community sectors through gathering capital finance from public and private sources.