Carbon-cutting projects across Scotland receive final round of Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition-programme funding

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Eight carbon-cutting projects will share £8.7 million of Scottish Government investment, with project partners providing match funding, taking total investment to £24.4 million.

The projects, funded through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition (LCITP) Programme, include the construction of a district heat network using heat from a waste water treatment works in Renfrewshire and new air source heat pumps and energy efficiency measures for new social housing in the Highlands.

Together these projects are set to 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 commented: “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.”

Since 2015, over £60 million has been committed through the LCITP, which is now drawing to a close.

According to the Scottish Government, a successor to the programme, which will focus on helping deliver Scotland’s Heat in Buildings vision, will be announced by this spring.

The winning projects include:

  • Renfrewshire Council received a grant of £2,887,660 for a district heat network which uses heat from a Waste Water Treatment Works with an ambient loop to provide heat to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.
  • Edinburgh Airport received a grant of £2,167,000 for an integrated Energy system using 9.9MW of solar PV for battery storage to supply energy and electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Scottish Power Energy Networks received a grant of £1,270,000 for a Heat Pump project, which installs heat pumps, thermal storage and batteries and assesses the impact of electrification on electricity grid.

A full list to be awarded funding is available on the Scottish Government website.