Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced a £43 million investment programme into 13 low-carbon infrastructure projects across Scotland –- one of the country’s largest direct energy investments in the last 10 years.

Projects to benefit from the investment include the installation of a high temperature river heat pump – the largest in the UK – on the River Clyde to supply clean, low carbon heat to buildings in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. Also included is an innovative local energy system on Fair Isle, an energy storage project in Shetland, and low-carbon heat networks in Dundee, Stirling, Clydebank and Glenrothes.

The funding, awarded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), will be matched by a minimum of £43 million from private and public sector partners.

Speaking at the 2017 All Energy Conference in Glasgow on 10 May, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland has some of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world. Over the past 10 years, our pattern of energy consumption has changed considerably, helping us to meet – and exceed – our 2020 target for reducing energy consumption, six years early.

“We are determined to build on this success, and we are now seeking views on a new target through our draft Energy Strategy – for 50 per cent of our energy consumption – spanning heat, transport and electricity – to be met by renewables by 2030.

“With Scotland’s world-leading expertise in renewables, which employs at least 11,000 people, and a growing workforce of at least 58,000 in the low carbon sector, I am confident of our future success.”