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Renewable and low carbon energy

  1. NHS Scotland climate emergency and sustainability strategy: 2022-2026

    This document sets out plans for NHS Scotland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the environment, adapt to climate change and to better contribute to the United Nation sustainable development goals. It has been developed by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland Assure.

  2. Emerging Energy Technologies Fund - Hydrogen Innovation Scheme: form and guidance

    Expression of interest form and guidance for the Hydrogen Innovation Scheme (HIS) to support innovative renewable hydrogen production, storage and distribution solutions as well as the development of test and demonstration facilities in Scotland.

  3. Scotland at Expo 2020 Dubai: evaluation report

    An evaluation report detailing the work undertaken in developing and delivering Scotland's programme of activity and engagement at the EXPO 2020 Dubai between October 2021 and March 2022, highlighting outcomes achieved and recommendations to support participation at future World Expo events.

  4. Energy Efficient Scotland Transition Programme Survey Evaluation

    This report presents the social evaluation of the Energy Efficient Scotland Transition Programme, which aimed to support local authorities’ engagement with households and businesses expected to self-fund energy efficiency improvements.

  5. Offshore renewable energy: decommissioning guidance for Scottish waters

    Guidance to assist developers / owners of offshore renewable energy installations in Scotland to understand their decommissioning obligations under the Energy Act 2004.

  6. Fishing practices adapted in commercial fisheries: review

    Comprehensive literature review on the specific interventions taken in Scotland, the UK and EU to reduce the climate related impacts of the marine wild capture fisheries sector complemented with a series of stakeholder interviews on direct experiences and challenges.

  7. Renewable and zero direct emissions heating systems in affordable housing projects (phase 2): evaluation

    An evaluation of the selection, installation and performance of zero direct emissions heating (ZDEH) systems installed in new affordable homes in Scotland.

  8. Zero direct emissions heat in new build affordable homes: case study

    Case studies detailing the choice, installation and experience of zero direct emissions heating systems in new affordable homes in Scotland across various sites and housing types.

  9. New Build Heat Standard: consultation - part two

    We are seeking views on our detailed proposals for a New Build Heat Standard (NBHS) to prohibit the use of direct emissions heating systems in new buildings warranted from April 2024.

  10. Making the Future - second Just Transition Commission: initial report

    The second Just Transition Commission convened in early 2022 with a remit to provide scrutiny and advice on the Scottish Government’s sectoral and regional just transition plans. This initial report sets out strategic priorities to ensure the decarbonisation of Scotland's economy is delivered fairly

  11. Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme: capital projects - list

    A full list of capital projects supported under the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

  12. Development of a novel physiology tag to measure oxygen consumption in free-ranging seabirds: research

    This project took initial steps to develop a new type of tag that can measure energy expenditure of seabirds. To do this, the project adapted a Near-infrared spectroscopy system for humans, that can measure muscle oxygen saturation, and deployed the new tags on European shags.

  13. Improving Our Understanding of Seabird Behaviour at Sea

    This project collated tracking data from five seabird species thought to be vulnerable to offshore wind farms. These data were analysed to understand whether seabird distribution data, usually undertaken in daytime, good weather conditions, were representative of behaviour in other conditions.

  14. Impact of climate change on seabird species off the east coast of Scotland and potential implications for environmental assessments: study

    This study investigated the potential impacts of climate change on seabird distribution, abundance and demography off the east coast of Scotland, and examined integration of these climate models into standard population forecast models used in assessments for offshore wind developments.

  15. Offshore wind developments assessment - seabird collision risk, displacement and barrier effects: study

    This project developed a new framework to enable the assessment of collision, displacement and barrier effects on seabirds from offshore renewable developments to be integrated into a single overall assessment of combined impacts.

  16. Defining 'local area' for assessing impact of offshore renewables and other marine developments: guidance principles

    These guidance principles provide a first step in developing an appropriate approach for defining the impact area on land for large industrial developments (such as offshore windfarms) at sea. The principles are based on a review of literature and practice described in the accompanying report.

  17. Investing in net zero energy

    £10 million to accelerate hydrogen technology.

  18. Supporting Scotland’s Just Transition

    Just Transition Fund to open on 31 May.

  19. £5 million to develop carbon dioxide utilisation technology

    CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund launched.

  20. Electricity Act 1989 - sections 36 and 37: applications guidance

    This good practice guidance sets out the procedure for applications for onshore generating stations and overhead lines under sections 36 and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989, where the development concerned is development requiring environmental impact assessment.

  21. Slashing carbon emissions across Scotland

    £8.7 million for green infrastructure projects.

  22. Offshore wind development

    First Minister hails “truly historic” opportunity of ScotWind.

  23. Scottish Cluster support

    Investment in carbon capture project announced.

  24. £50 million for warmer, greener homes

    Support available to help people save on heating bills this winter.

  25. Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge

    International collaborations to support our seas and oceans.

  26. Making Scotland a leading hydrogen producer

    Over £100 million to advance cleaner energy.

  27. Ramping up renewables generation

    Plans to increase onshore wind capacity published ahead of COP26.

  28. Creating resilient and sustainable islands

    Funding allocated to local island projects.

  29. Fast-tracking net zero infrastructure

    Green growth pathfinder projects announced.

  30. Making our homes cleaner and greener

    Scotland’s heat in buildings strategy published.

  31. New Ministers to be appointed

    Scottish Greens to enter government.

  32. Investing in net-zero technology

    £16.5 million to support energy transformation.

  33. Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP): call for evidence

    This Call for Evidence seeks input on actions to modify and enhance the range of support mechanisms currently provided by Scottish Government through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) for development and delivery of large-scale low and zero carbon heat in buildings projects.

  34. Local energy policy statement

    This local energy policy statement containing set of key principles and associated outcomes represents the values we wish to see adopted.

  35. Low carbon heating in domestic buildings - technical feasibility: technical appendix

    Technical appendix to accompany the technical feasibility of low carbon heating in domestic buildings report.

  36. Low carbon heating in domestic buildings - technical feasibility: report

    A report undertaken to assess the suitability of low carbon heating technologies in residential buildings in Scotland.

  37. Low carbon heating in domestic buildings - technical feasibility: cost appendix

    Cost appendix to accompany the technical feasibility of low carbon heating in domestic buildings report.

  38. Offshore wind to green hydrogen: opportunity assessment

    Initial assessment of Scotland’s opportunity to produce green hydrogen from offshore wind.

  39. Scottish hydrogen: assessment report

    Examines how applications of hydrogen-based technologies in transport, industry, heat and whole system approaches can best be deployed in Scotland.

  40. Deep decarbonisation pathways for Scottish industries: research report

    The following report is a research piece outlining the potential pathways for decarbonisation of Scottish Industries. Two main pathways are considered, hydrogen and electrification, with both resulting in similar costs and levels of carbon reduction.

  41. Scottish Government Hydrogen Policy Statement

    We set out our vision for Scotland to become a leading hydrogen nation in the production of reliable, competitive, sustainable hydrogen, securing Scotland’s future as a centre of international excellence as we establish the innovation, skills and and supply chain to underpin our energy transition.

  42. BiFab Working Group

    Statement from the Scottish and UK Governments.

  43. Hydro Nation: annual report 2020

    Records the development of Scotland's Hydro Nation policy agenda and reports on progress since the publication of the sixth annual report in 2019.

  44. Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme: closed invitations

    Information on closed funding invitations from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

  45. Renewable heat target and action: 2020 update

    An update on the progress toward meeting the target of 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.

  46. Increased offshore wind ambition by 2030

    Supporting Scotland’s green recovery. 

  47. Sectoral marine plan: appropriate assessment

    Assessment of the implications of the sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy for designated special areas of conservation special protection areas, candidate special areas of conservation and proposed special protection areas in view of the sites' conservation objectives.

  48. Sectoral marine plan: regional locational guidance

    Sets out regional spatial baseline data for the sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy and describes the information used in the planning and assessment process.

  49. Sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy

    Aims to identify sustainable plan options for the future development of commercial-scale offshore wind energy in Scotland, including deep water wind technologies, and covers both Scottish inshore and offshore waters.

  50. Sectoral marine plan: post adoption statement

    Sets out the changes between the draft and final sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy in accordance with Section 18(3) of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”).

  51. Sectoral marine plan: islands communities impact assessment

    Islands communities impact assessment for the sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy.

  52. Sectoral marine plan: equalities impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment for the sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy.

  53. Offshore wind policy statement: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the consultation on the offshore wind policy statement which ran from December 2019 to April 2020.

  54. Offshore wind policy statement

    Sets out our ambitions for the future of offshore wind in Scotland and sets the context for Marine Scotland's Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind, which will be published in parallel with this document.

  55. Scotland’s green recovery

    Funding for a just transition to net-zero.

  56. Driving Scotland’s green recovery

    Low carbon investment fast-tracked to support COVID-19 recovery.

  57. £62 million fund for energy sector

    Support package to help deliver net zero future.

  58. Heat Networks Bill

    Helping Scotland move to affordable, low carbon heating.

  59. Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: evidence assessment

    Summary of evidence around the potential impacts of heat network regulation in Scotland.

  60. Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: FSDIA

    Fairer Scotland Duty assessment (FSDIA) for the Heat Networks (Scotland Bill).

  61. Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: ICIA

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the Heat Networks (Scotland Bill).

  62. Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: BRIA

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill.

  63. Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Heat Networks (Scotland Bill).

  64. Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: CRWIA

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the Heat Networks (Scotland Bill).

  65. Scotland’s recycling summit

    Talks to accelerate action on waste.

  66. Climate change ambitions

    Consultations launched on offshore wind policy and new marine plan.

  67. Offshore wind energy - draft sectoral marine plan: strategic environmental assessment

    Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) identifies the likely significant environmental impacts of plans and policies and proposed reasonable alternatives to them.

  68. Offshore wind energy - draft sectoral marine plan: regional locational guidance

    Regional locational guidance (RLG) prepared for the draft sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy.

  69. Offshore wind energy - draft sectoral marine plan: habitat regulations appraisal

    The habitats regulations appraisal is completed in accordance with the Habitats Regulations that implement the EC Habitats and Birds Directives in UK waters and has been completed for the sectoral marine plan for offshore wind.

  70. Offshore wind energy - draft sectoral marine plan: sustainability appraisal

    The sustainability appraisal considers the potential environmental, social and economic effects of the sectoral marine plan, including potential development scenarios and alternatives to them, drawing on information contained in the SEA, HRA and SEIA.

  71. Offshore wind energy - draft sectoral marine plan: social and economic impact assessment

    A social and economic impact assessment to support development of the draft sectoral marine plan for offshore wind energy.

  72. Offshore wind energy: draft sectoral marine plan

    The Plan aims to identify the most sustainable plan options for the future development of commercial-scale offshore wind energy in Scotland.

  73. Draft offshore wind policy statement: consultation

    A consultation on the draft offshore wind policy statement.

  74. Future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings - call for evidence: analysis of responses

    A report to analyse responses to the call for evidence on the future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings.

  75. Heat Networks Regulation Working Group: recommendations

    A report advising the Scottish Government on legislative support for heat networks.

  76. Renewable heat target and action: 2019

    An update on the progress toward meeting the target of 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.

  77. Exempting energy intensive industries from the indirect costs of the renewables obligation: consultation analysis

    Analysis of information provided by respondents to the consultation where we were seeking views on the eligibility of Energy Intensive Industries to be exempted from indirect costs associated with renewable electricity policies.

  78. Exempting energy intensive industries from the indirect costs of the renewables obligation: response to consultation

    Our decision following consideration of the information provided by respondents to a consultation seeking views on the eligibility of Energy Intensive Industries to be exempted from indirect costs associated with renewable electricity policies.

  79. More electric vehicle charging points

    Important step taken towards clean energy for transport. 

  80. £3.4m for tidal energy

    Funding for world’s most powerful tidal turbine.

  81. European funding for low carbon and active travel

    Third round of funding is now open for applications.

  82. Energy efficiency grants for social landlords

    Extra funding to make homes warmer and promote carbon reduction.

  83. Just Transition Commission: background report

    Background information report on the Scottish economy to help inform the early deliberations of the Just Transition Commission.

  84. Good practice principles for renewable energy developments consultation: analysis of responses

    In 2018, we reviewed and consulted on our good practice principles for: community benefits from onshore renewable energy developments, shared ownership of onshore renewable energy developments, and community benefits from offshore renewable energy developments. 

  85. £13.4m to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    Funding to support low carbon projects.

  86. Renewable electricity at record levels

    Equivalent of 74.6% of gross electricity consumption was from renewable sources.

  87. Scottish natural capital: ecosystem service accounts 2019

    This publication, prepared by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), presents estimates of the quantity and value of ten services being supplied by Scottish natural capital.

  88. Scotland's electricity and gas networks: vision to 2030

    Based on Scotland's energy strategy, this document looks at the ways in which Scotland's electricity and gas network infrastructure will continue to support the energy transition.

  89. Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund

    Up to £10 million to help commercial deployment of tidal projects.

  90. Tackling global climate change

    Shared ambitions by Scotland and New Jersey.   

  91. Offshore renewable energy developments - good practice principles for community benefits: consultation

    Draft version, for the purposes of public consultation, of the Scottish Government's Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Offshore renewable Energy Developments.

  92. Onshore renewable energy developments - good practice principles for community benefits: consultation

    Draft version, for the purposes of public consultation, of the Scottish Government's Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.

  93. Shared ownership of renewable energy developments - good practice principles: consultation

    Draft version, for the purposes of public consultation, of Scottish Government's Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.

  94. Renewable heat target and action: 2018

    The annual report outlines a number of new and emerging initiatives on renewable heat.

  95. Offshore wind, wave and tidal energy applications: consenting and licensing manual

    This document provides guidance on applying for consents and marine licences for offshore renewable energy projects within both Scottish Territorial Waters (out to 12 nautical miles (“nm”)) and Scottish Offshore Waters (12-200 nm). It updates and replaces the draft Marine Scotland Licensing and Consents Manual published in 2013.

  96. Renewables Obligation (Scotland) consultation: our response

    In March 2018 we published a consultation asking for views on an amendment to the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order (the ROS) 2009 which would enable additional capacity at certain large hydro-electric generating stations in Scotland.

  97. Funding for offshore wind

    £2 million grant to support offshore innovation.

  98. Renewables Obligation (Scotland) amendment: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the proposal to enable additional capacity at certain large hydro-electric generating stations in Scotland.

  99. The future of energy in Scotland: Scottish energy strategy

    Scotland's first energy strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland.

  100. Renewable heat target and action: 2017

    The report outlines a number of new and emerging initiatives on renewable heat.

  101. Renewable heat target and action: 2016

    Reporting outlining a number of new and emerging initiatives on renewable heat.

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