SNIPEF have been working collaboratively with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Energy Saving Trust and the University of Edinburgh to create a report exploring the different routes to engaging in low-carbon heat; including the skills needed in the workforce and the existing barriers to training and certification.
This loan offers Scottish businesses from the Scottish Government up to £120,000 interest-free to help reduce the carbon impact and fuel costs of their transport arrangements through the purchase of new and more efficient vehicles.
For more information, see here.
The Scottish Enterprise have launched a 'Think Climate' podcast to offer insight into climate change challenges, solutions and methods to develop your business sustainably.
The most recent episode reflects upon COP26, exploring both its limitations and successes. Click here to listen.
The Scottish Government has announced a £4 million funding package to help improve infrastructure of Scotland's Islands. The funding is part of the £30 million Islands Programme to help improve the quality of life for island communities. The report specifies over 100 measures that aim to address population decline, tackle climate change and improve the delivery of public services.
Net Zero Scotland and Let’s Do Net Zero are taking action to tackle the global climate.
To find out what you can do to contribute, click here.
A new series of funding is available through Scottish Enterprise to help businesses who create jobs that contribute to improving the environment and achieving net-zero emissions.
Funding is now open for applications here
The SME Loan funded by the Scottish Government can be used for the installation of heating renewables, ventilation, air conditioning, building fabric and more.
For more details and to check eligibility, see here.
The CLC are establishing governance arrangements to support the management and monitoring of CO2nstruct Zero, consisting of:
• Programme Board
• Independent Advisory Panel
• A network of Business Champions
• Green Construction Board
Click here to learn how to sign up as a Business Champion.
The Fraser of Allander Institute at The University of Strathclyde published a report titled, 'The Economic, Social and Environmental benefits of Stimulation Repairs and Improvements to the Scottish Built Environment to Aid a Green Recovery from Covid-19' (Click here to read the report in full). To hear the key arguments summarised and debated, click here to listen to Construction Scotland Innovation Centre's free webinar on the subject.
|Home Energy Scotland Loan
|HES has supported 1,948 heat pump installations since 2017, offering a loan of up to £10,000 for the installation of a heat pump system. The HES loan also offers cashback to further incentivise uptake. Since November 2020 the cashback offer was increased from 25% to 75% cashback. (There are also loans and cashback for energy efficiency measures. These may support more efficient heat pump operation.)
|Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loan
|Support for SMEs to install energy efficiency measures or renewable systems with interest-free loans up to £100,000. The new scheme introduced in November 2020 offers SMEs 75% cashback on the cost of installing renewable heat up to a value of £10,000. (There is also cashback – up to £10,000 – available for energy efficiency measures. These may support more efficient heat pump operation.) Since 2017, the scheme has provided a total of £300,000 of support to 23 heat pump developments.
|Warmer Homes Scotland
|Support scheme for vulnerable consumers. Offers funding and interest-free loans to improve energy efficiency to reduce heating costs including the installation of heat pumps. Since the scheme started in 2015, a total of 446 heat pumps have been installed with a further 143 applications in the pipeline.
|Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
|Offers a range of financial support to local energy projects, including development loans and/or grant funding of up to £150,000 to support renewable energy projects for communities and eligible organisations. CARES has so far funded 6 heat pump projects with a total of 432 kW, including a 400 kW district heating development for Glasgow Housing Association.
|Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP)
|Provides funding to enable low carbon projects to secure further public and private capital finance. Has awarded over £20m funding for heat pump projects to date including large scale heat network schemes such as Queens Quay.
|District Heating Loan Fund
|Provides competitive fixed-rate loans to low carbon communal heating projects, such as heat networks using heat pumps. The DHLF has supported 3 heat pump developments which are providing heat to a total of 2 commercial buildings and 16 households. Construction is ongoing at 2 larger projects including 11 commercial buildings and 657 households.
|The Decarbonisation Fund
|Has provided funding over two rounds to support compliance with the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH). These rounds have resulted in heat pump installations for 196 households, all of which are installed in combination with either solar PV or a thermal storage battery.
|Renewable Heat Incentive
|As of November 2020, there were 11,277 heat pumps accredited on the Domestic RHI in Scotland. There are also 260 accredited heat pump developments in Scotland on the Non-Domestic RHI, with a total capacity of 55 MW. The UK Government has extended the Domestic RHI until 31 March 2022, when it will be replaced by the Clean Heat Grant Scheme.
|Clean Heat Grant Scheme
|The UK Government has announced the Clean Heat Grant Scheme, which is expected to begin in April 2022 and run for 2 years until March 2024. The Scheme is intended to provide a £4,000 flat-rate technology-neutral upfront grant to successful applicants. It will fund heat pumps and biomass where a heat pump is not suitable, up to 45kw in capacity via a voucher mechanism. £100 million funding will support the scheme.