- 12 Apr 2021
Date received: 18 Feb 2021
Date responded: 18 Mar 2021
Reports or documents which summarise the performance of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), evaluate it or report its outcomes. You wanted information including:
- how many of the projects supported by the programme were able to progress to completion (e.g.investment in infrastructure)
- estimates of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions which have resulted from the programme
- the leverage of other funds to be invested alongside it
- an assessment of the catalytic impact of investments supported
- jobs created or supported
- geographical distribution of investment
I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested in a table attached. This table details the LCITP supported projects which have progressed to completion. It also includes the project location, estimated greenhouse gas reductions and estimated jobs created, where this information is known. The information regarding estimated greenhouse gas reductions and job creation were provided by the project when they applied for LCITP funding. This information has not yet been verified now the projects are completed, however projects awarded funding under the LCITP undergo a 5 year monitoring period after becoming operational.
Under the terms of the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs (information not held), the Scottish Government is not required to provide information which it does not have. The Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested because there has not been an evaluation of the performance of the LCITP, evaluation of the leverage other funds, or an assessment of the catalytic impact of investments supported, so these reports or documents do not exist.
This exception is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. While we recognise that there may be some public interest regarding the evaluation of the LCITP, we cannot provide information which we do not hold.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House