Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund: guidance

The next call for the applications for the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF) is due to open at the end of summer 2022. The SIETF provides grant funding to reduce energy costs and emissions through increased energy efficiency.

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Assessment phase/after submission

Once the competition window has closed, an initial sift will check receipt of mandatory documents – as noted on the application form - and broad questions of eligibility such as SIC, location and value of grant requested.

Then the assessment process will take into consideration the following factors to ensure a diverse spread of projects:

  • geographical area
  • technology
  • sub-sector
  • organisation type
  • project size

A broad principal will be to favour projects that clearly demonstrate a forward-looking transitional systems approach to decarbonising processes, or energy-intensive industrial operations; and where these are being developed as part of a wider strategic approach to industrial transition planning.

Each application will be assessed on potential to deliver energy efficiency and/or decarbonisaiotn within the wider context of supporting the implementation of a range of emissions savings opportunities across a variety of industrial manufacturing subsectors.

Cost of carbon abatement is highly technology and site specific. Assessment covers different technologies, therefore cost of abatement may be a factor in similar technology deployment for similar processes/ setose, the cost of abatement across the whole range of eligible projects cannot be directly compared.

Applications that demonstrate an intention to draw down funding to deploy a technology or carry out a study in the financial years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 may be favoured in the assessment process because of clearer and more prompt deliverability 

Using the project benefit calculator tool

  • to raise the level of consistency of information between applications that assessors will see it is advised to use the tool that has been provided for your project opportunity. Comparable quantified figures give a very valuable benchmark within technical evaluation process therefore a completed tool should can be uploaded as an appendix to your application form
  • it advisable to include some context to explain the tool input and its output, within your written response
  • these calculations may be supplemented with other forms of information or other tool outputs at the applicants discretion, depending on the nature of the project opportunity. However, all information submitted should be clearly explained to minimise the need for clarifications for assessor

Financial and commercial modelling

Applicants should present appropriate financial information to help demonstrate the financial and commercial merits of a project. The provision of more detailed financial information will help to explore the added value the grant funding brings and help to fully explain the merits of the project. More detail is required where projects influence product throughput and profit.



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