With substantial energy resources (including around a quarter of Europe’s tidal and offshore wind capacity), expertise in energy technologies, a strong supply chain and a commitment to growing the low carbon economy domestically, Scotland is a respected European partner on energy matters.
Scottish priorities are well aligned with European priorities for an Energy Union. The Scottish Government has set itself ambitious targets in the energy and climate fields and strongly supports the EU in delivering ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through domestic targets, engagement in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, and through the reform and strengthening of the EU emissions trading system (ETS). Scotland is championing climate justice and participating in the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
We are embedding resilience, adaptability and competitiveness by supporting our householders and businesses, public and third sectors through innovative programmes such as Resource Efficient Scotland and Home Energy Scotland.
We are developing new low carbon and heat markets; working closely with European partners to roll out District Heating across Scotland; and accelerating the development of low carbon infrastructure projects through a new strategic intervention under the ESF programme - the low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme - which will provide a Scottish wide project development support to investment readiness, for private, public and community sector low carbon projects.
We are also committed to decarbonising the road transport sector by 2050 through our work to develop the low emission vehicle market and refuelling infrastructure and we welcome European collaboration and sharing of expertise in this area, including through the Ten-T, Interreg and European Regional Development Funds. As part of our commitment to invest heavily in ferry services to support vulnerable island communities in Scotland, we will explore EU funding opportunities to support fuel options for ferries, including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and hydrogen.