Carbon-cutting projects in line for £8.7m funding boost

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EIGHT carbon-cutting projects are to receive a share of £8.7 million in Scottish Government funding.

The latest round of the low carbon infrastructure transition programme comes in a bid to support the country’s green recovery from Covid-19, boost jobs and tackle climate change.

Projects set to benefit include the construction of a district heat network in Renfrewshire, as well as new air source heat pumps and energy efficiency measures for new social housing in the Highlands.

The Scottish Government said together they’ll cut carbon emissions by around 4,500 tonnes of CO2e a year – the equivalent to taking 2,000 cars off the road.

Zero carbon buildings minister, Patrick Harvie, said, “Meeting our ambitious climate targets will require rapid reduction in carbon emissions across our homes and buildings. So I am pleased to announce funding for these eight impressive projects, each of which demonstrates how, working together, we can ensure our homes and buildings are climate-friendly and bring benefits to communities and local economies across the country.

“We are continuing to engage with other exciting projects regarding funding opportunities, and will soon announce plans for a successor to the LCITP which will provide significant investment in large-scale heat projects and heat networks.”

A list of projects to be awarded funding is below:

Lead project partner Local Authority area Grant offered Project Description
Renfrewshire Council Renfrewshire £2,887,660 District heat network using heat from a Waste Water Treatment Works with an ambient loop to provide heat to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
Edinburgh Airport City of Edinburgh £2,167,000 Integrated Energy system using 9.9MW of solar PV for battery storage to supply energy and EV charging stations.
SWG3 Glasgow City £170,000 Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps to provide heating and cooling to the SWG3 Arts Centre, utilising heat recovered from cooling event spaces.
North Fish Shetland Islands £887,253 Wind Turbine being used to generate heat to a number of industrial buildings.
Glasgow City Council Glasgow City £329,313 ASHPs to be installed in new build Children’s Nurseries.
Trees for Life Highland £240,360 ASHP, Batteries and Solar PV for the new Trees for Life Dundreggan Rewilding  educational centre.
Link Group Highland £812,013 Air Source Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency for new build Social Housing.
Scottish Power Energy Networks East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire and Highland £1,270,000 Innovative Heat Pump project installing heat pumps, thermal storage and batteries and assessing impact of electrification on electricity grid.
Total: £8,763,599