Scottish Government opens low-carbon heating fund

THE Scottish Government has opened a £30 million fund to create low-carbon infrastructure.

Businesses and organisations have been invited to apply for the funding which will provide financial assistance of up to 50% of the total eligible costs of their approach to heating. In order to be considered, the applicant must demonstrate that their project is an innovative and low carbon way of heating buildings.

The funding is part of a wider low carbon infrastructure transition programme (LCITP) being delivered by the Scottish Government in partnership with the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and specialists in the sector.

Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said, “It’s estimated that Scotland’s homes are responsible for the emission of  six million tonnes of harmful carbon dioxide into our atmosphere every year, 15% of all emissions.

“In order to meet Scotland’s ambitious proposed climate change targets, we estimate that nearly every Scottish home – unless already on a renewable heat supply – will need to have a change to its heating system by 2045, if not before.

“The Scottish Government is already making inroads to that target, by committing to ensuring that all new homes use renewable or low carbon heat by 2024, but we also want to create an environment where existing homes transition to renewable solutions as well.

“The problem is too big for the government to tackle on its own, so we are tapping into the significant expertise and talent that exists within Scotland – giving people the means to take the initiative and effect change through deployment of innovative, low carbon approaches to heating.

“By taking this approach we’re also supporting jobs, building skills, and ultimately creating end products with an environmental and social benefit.”