The report shows that Scotland continues to make progress towards achieving the goal of 11% non-electrical heat demand derived from renewable sources. This is based on 2013 data projections that estimates in 2014 Scotland produced enough heat from renewable sources to meet between 3.7% and 3.8% of non-electrical heat demand, up from 1% in 2009.
The report outlines a number of new and emerging initiatives on renewable heat. This includes the designation of energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority, the development of a support programme for local authorities to develop a strategic approach to district heating and the launching of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) in March 2015, with £76 million allocated over the first 3 years.
Other elements of progress outlined in the report include the funding of feasibility studies into the potential for geothermal energy in Scotland; the launch of a Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund with £2.3 million committed to encourage the development of large scale water source heat pump schemes; and work towards publication of a Scottish-specific chapter for the National Comprehensive Assessment of the potential for Combined Heat and Power and district heating and cooling.