Clyde Mission: energy masterplan

This masterplan will support the strategic development of low carbon heat and energy infrastructure projects that align to the goals of the Clyde Mission. It aims to support the identification and development of a portfolio of heat and energy related investment opportunities in within the CM area.

3 Policy review

Clyde Mission

Clyde Mission's purpose is to use the Clyde to drive sustainable and inclusive growth for the city, the region and Scotland. The Clyde Mission Fund provided £10 million of funding in 2020-21 to support capital projects that deliver economic stimulus and jobs and contribute to one or more of the Scottish Government's five National Outcomes as set out in Scotland's National Performance Framework (NPF). Scotland's NPF reflects Scotland's values and aspirations for the future as a nation and to help achieve its purpose, the framework sets out "National Outcomes". The outcomes provide a vision of the type of Scotland the NPF aims to create. These five National Outcomes underpin the Clyde Mission.

Local Authorities

The Local Authorities (LAs) within the study area for the Clyde Mission Energy Masterplan are the following: Argyll & Bute, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, and West Dunbartonshire.

Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire aim to meet a target of achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2030. The other LAs aim to meet Scotland's target to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2045.

Emissions reduction targets for each of the Local Authorities are discussed in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1. Local Authority target years to achieve net zero carbon, from a 1990 baseline year

Local Authority : Target Description : Target Net Zero GHG emission year

Glasgow City

Glasgow City has set a target to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, in the Energy and Carbon Masterplan from Sustainable Glasgow



In Renfrewshire Council's 2019 Climate Change Emergency Report, the Council sets out a target to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2030.


South Lanarkshire

In a South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) Statement in 2019, the Council recognised its role to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SLC proposed to meet or exceed Scotland's goal to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2045.


North Lanarkshire

In North Lanarkshire Council's (NLC) "Response to declaring a climate emergency", the Council approved a target to move to net zero emissions by 2030.



The Inverclyde Council is anticipated to update its Climate Change Plan (2018) to align with Scotland's net zero target.


West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire Council has set out plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2045.


Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Council set out in their Decarbonisation Plan an intention to meet Scotland's net zero target.



The Scottish Parliament has set a target date for net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2045. In 2019, the Scottish Parliament passed the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, amending the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2019 presents interim targets of 75% and 90% reductions by 2030 and 2040 respectively.

The "Draft Heat in Buildings Strategy: Achieving Net Zero Emissions in Scotland's Buildings Consultation" was released in February 2021 to collect evidence and views on the proposed actions and proposals to ensure all buildings reach zero emissions by 2045. The draft strategy highlights the delivery programmes proposed to stimulate the mass adoption of low and zero emissions heating systems over fossil-fuel heating systems for over two million homes and 100,000 non-domestic properties by 2045, and to support energy efficiency improvements across all buildings.

The Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament on the 23rd February. The Heat Networks (Scotland) Act will create a new licensing system with the aim of improving standards across the sector in an effort to improve consumer confidence. It will also provide similar rights to heat network developers and operators to those which exist for other utilities including compulsory acquisition of land, wayleaves, survey works and access to land for

repairs etc. A new consents system will be introduced to ensure that heat networks are developed in areas which have been identified as being suitable for heat network deployment.

United Kingdom

In 2019, Parliament passed legislation requiring the government to make the UK a net zero emitter. This was done by amending the Climate Change Act (2008) target from 80% to a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050, compared to the 1990 baseline. The aim is to end contributions to global warming, keeping warming to 1.5°C – below the 2°C limit as set out in the Paris Agreement, signed in 2015.

  • 2050 Target: Net zero emissions from greenhouse gas emissions. Any emissions to be balanced by schemes to offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.[8]
  • Carbon Budget: 78% reduction in UK territorial emissions between 1990 and 2035,[9] as set out in the Sixth Carbon Budget as a path to Net Zero and contribution to tacking climate change.

Policy Target Summary

The UK is targeting net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Scotland by 2045, and the Local Authorities of Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire by 2030 (Table 3.2).

Table 3.2. Greenhouse gas reduction targets, from a 1990 baseline year
Location Source Target 2030 Target 2035 Target 2040 Target 2045 Target 2050
UK Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) 78% Net Zero
Scotland Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 70% 90% Net Zero
South Lanarkshire Inverclyde Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 70% 90% Net Zero
West Dunbartonshire
Argyll & Bute
North Lanarkshire Response to declaring a climate emergency Net Zero
Glasgow City Energy and Carbon Masterplan Net Zero
Renfrewshire Climate Change Emergency Report Net Zero



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