Scotland launches £300m fund to boost communal heating system roll outs

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HOMES and commercial properties across Scotland are set to benefit from a new £300 million fund supporting the development of zero emission heat networks.

The fund will support projects where the heat for individual properties is supplied from a communal source, with the new scheme taking over from the low carbon infrastructure transition programme.

The Scottish Government’s zero carbon buildings minister, Patrick Harvie, announced the new heat network fund at a visit to the Queens Quay heat pump and heat network project. During the visit, he also announced the opening of applications for the social housing net zero heat development fund and the extension of funding for ‘fabric first’ energy efficiency projects in social housing.

The development funding will be targeted at small and medium sized registered social landlords (RSLs) who have indicated they require additional support to plan and deliver the roll out of zero emissions heating within their housing stock. At the same time the fabric first funding pot for home energy improvements has been extended for another two years.

Mr Harvie said, “We have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our homes and buildings by more than two thirds by 2030. By the end of this decade, we aim to have switched over one million homes and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings from fossil fuels to zero emission heating.

“The Heat Network Fund will accelerate the development of heat networks across Scotland as we move towards our ambitious targets set by the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021. The projects that receive support from the Fund will fully align with the Scottish Government’s aim to eradicate fuel poverty by supplying heat at affordable prices to consumers, which is especially important now when we are seeing record rises in the cost of heating.

“We can’t reach these targets alone. We know how important increasing private and community investment will be alongside investment from the Scottish Government, that is why we have established the Green Heat Finance Taskforce. The Taskforce brings together leading voices and expertise from the building, finance and energy sectors and aims to identify and develop solutions to deliver the overall investment that’s needed to meet our vital goals for cutting emissions from homes and buildings.”