Scotland invests £43m in low carbon infrastructure

The Scottish Government has announced more than £43 million for low carbon infrastructure projects. A total of 13 projects will share the funding, awarded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Scottish Government has announced more than £43 million for low carbon infrastructure projects.

A total of 13 projects will share the funding, awarded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) and will be matched by a minimum of £43 million from private and public sector partners.

Projects include an innovative local energy system on Fair Isle, energy storage in the Shetlands, low carbon heat networks in Dundee, Stirling, Clydebank and Glenrothes and a heat pump for the Gorbals area.

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.

“We are determined to build on this success and we are now seeking views on a new target through our draft Energy Strategy – for 50% of our energy consumption – spanning heat, transport and electricity – to be met by renewables by 2030.”

The Scottish Government is being urged to lift the moratorium on unconventional oil and gas exploration, including fracking by the industry body that represents the onshore oil and gas sector in the UK.