Just Transition Fund: year one projects

The Just Transition Fund (JTF) is a £500 million ten-year commitment that will support projects in the North East and Moray which contribute towards the region’s transition to net zero. Find out more.


Year one projects

Following a competitive bid process in the first year of the fund, the projects listed below have been awarded funding.

This is additional to funding allocated to a Participatory Budgeting process this year, whereby the Scottish Government will empower local communities across all three local authority areas to vote on local projects.

Project

Lead organisation

Description

Funding awarded

Seedpod

Opportunity North East

Centre providing incubator and product development space to accelerate the growth and decarbonisation of existing businesses and start-ups. 

£3,100,000

Just Transition Hub

James Hutton Institute

Hub will act as a catalyst and diffuser of nature-based-solutions for a net zero transition in the land use sector. 

£7,192,000

Digital innovation lab

Robert Gordon University

Pilot providing support to the construction sector to decarbonise and generate green jobs, particularly through the retrofitting of existing buildings and intelligent design of new ones. 

£673,000

Moray Just Transition Masterplan

Moray Council

Five interlinked projects to support Moray’s journey away from fossil fuels, including projects to support offshore renewables, creation of a local hydrogen economy, natural capital approach to offsetting, and redeveloping derelict land and premises. 

£881,000

Supply Chain Pathway and Energy Transition Challenge Fund

Energy Transition Zone (ETZ)

Challenge fund will stimulate major investment from indigenous energy supply chain companies looking to deliver green energy projects and pathway programme will inform and identify the capital investment requirements needed to deliver. 

£9,782,000

HydroGlen

James Hutton Institute

Green hydrogen farming pilot to acquire new knowledge to switch from increasingly high levels of fuel poverty to self-reliant, net-zero carbon energy producers in rural communities. 

£6,218,204

NESS Energy Carbon Capture Feasibility

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils

Study to determine if there is a viable project to retrofit carbon capture systems to the NESS energy facility. 

£100,000

Skills Passport

OPITO

Development and deployment of a digital offshore energy skills passport to support the transition of skills and jobs across the rapidly changing industry.

£4,986,000

Advanced Manufacturing Skills Hub

ETZ and North East Scotland College

Creation of the Skills Hub in Altens as a focal point of the Energy Transition Zone Skills Campus.

£4,500,000

Pilot Energy Transition Skills

National Energy Skills Accelerator (NESA)

Pilot scheme to determine the skills required to reach an energy transition.  

£1,000,000

Net Zero Bottlenecks in Moray

UHI Moray

Feasibility study to identify the current skill gaps in Moray and what is holding it back in transitioning to net zero

£210,000

Easter Anguston Farm

VSA

Centre of excellence focusing on 4 areas: STEM, food, woodland adventures and social prescribing. 

£500,000

Hydrogen Offshore Production (HOP2)

Net Zero Technology Centre

Project to demonstrate that offshore hydrogen production and storage is feasible through the repurposing of existing assets to produce green hydrogen.  

£2,120,000

Sustainable Solvent Recovery for EV battery recycling

Ripcell

Pilot to test technology using pot ale (whisky waste product) to deploy a “green solvent” to be used in recycling batteries. 

£626,734

Tidal Rotor Generators

Shine Engineering

Pilot to develop tidal rotor generators to create a source of green energy in the region. 

£167,000

Wave Energy Converter

Seaweed Energy

Development of device that generates electricity from the oscillation of waves. 

£100,100

Findhorn EcoVillage

Park Ecovillage Trust and Findhorn Innovation Research & Education

Four feasibility studies looking at shifting from conventional housing to net zero housing and transportation within the context of the ecovillage and beyond. 

£226,775

Findhorn Watershed Riverwoods Pilot

Findhorn Nairn & Lossie Rivers Trust

Creating a thriving, regenerated River Findhorn watershed, with an unbroken network of riparian woodland along its riverbanks, supporting the restoration of Wild Atlantic Salmon populations. 

£970,000

North East Adventure Tourism

Opportunity North East

Project to transform the region into a world class destination for adventure tourism by facilitating the development of high quality, sustainable facilities and low carbon infrastructure. 

£2,097,000

The Cabrach Distillery

Cabrach Trust

Development of distillery, a Community Interest Company for the Cabrach region that would use its revenues for rural regeneration and community led regeneration master plan. 

£325,000

North East Community Climate Assembly Pilot

North East Climate Action Network (NESCAN)

Project aims to address the question of how communities can be involved in and help to drive the process of designing, creating and delivering a Just Transition through a range of participative approaches, including Climate Assemblies.  

£386,152

Railway Feasibility Study

Campaign for North East Rail (CNER):

Study examining a freight and passenger railway connecting Dyce, Ellon, Peterhead, and Fraserburgh. 

£250,000

Social Enterprise Just Transition Fund

Social Investment Scotland

Creation of a pilot challenge fund alongside a programme of market building activity to support social enterprises to understand the opportunities presented by the Just Transition Fund over the next 10 years and to take advantage of the investment available. 

£1,027,180

Participatory Budgeting

 

£1 million of the Fund will be allocated to participatory budgeting every year over the lifetime of this parliament.

£4,200,000

 

Contact

Email: JustTransitionFund@gov.scot

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