Scottish green growth projects announced

The first projects to benefit from a programme driving investment in low carbon infrastructure  in Scotland have been announced.

Part of the Green Growth Accelerator programme, the projects range from the development of hydrogen hubs to the restoration of peatland and energy efficiency upgrades of buildings.

The Scottish Government will provide up to £1 million to support the pathfinders through the development phase of the programme, which together could unlock £40 million of local government investment in green infrastructure, backed by long term Scottish Government funding commitments. Future funding commitments will be based on the achievement of project outcomes including carbon emissions reductions and green economy opportunities.

The Green Growth Accelerator programme, developed with the support of the Scottish Futures Trust, was launched earlier this year to provide a catalyst for public and private investment in low carbon infrastructure projects across Scotland.

The Scottish Government will work with COSLA and Local Authorities to learn from the pathfinders ahead of a further rollout of the programme in 2022/23, with an ultimate aim to unlock £200 million of low carbon capital investment, underpinned by government funding.

Just Transition Minister Richard Lochhead said:

“Scotland’s just transition to a net zero economy must involve bold, ambitious and collective action to deliver emissions reduction and climate resilience whilst doing so in a way that is fair for everyone and leaves no-one behind.

“The Green Growth Accelerator illustrates how, working collaboratively across government, business and communities, we can capitalise on the economic, environmental and social benefits that our journey to net-zero present.

“The pathfinder projects have real potential to deliver lasting and long-term benefits for local communities and I look forward to them progressing and, in doing so, testing and demonstrating how we can continue to work together to accelerate vital investment in green infrastructure.”

The pathfinder projects are: 

  • Aberdeen City Council – Hydrogen Programme – includes portable hydrogen refuelling module, expansion of hydrogen bus fleet, conversion of refuse collection vehicles and development of solar farm.
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – Net Zero Hub – hydrogen production infrastructure and equipment.
  • City of Edinburgh Council – EnerPHit – upgrades to up to 12 council buildings, using the EnerPHit energy and comfort standard approach.
  • Highland Council – Climate Action Coastlines – research and implementation of natural coastal adaptation solutions, including tree planting, peatland restoration, sand dune strengthening, saltmarsh restoration, and floodplain development.
  • North Lanarkshire Council – Green Park, Green Power, Green Neighbourhood – retrofit of the Watersports Centre at Strathclyde Park, water source heat pump using Strathclyde Loch and installation of solar PV canopies to provide electricity for the heat pump, lighting, and EV charging.

The Growth Accelerator model has been used to support the St James Centre in Edinburgh and Dundee V&A and Waterfront projects. The Growth Accelerator is a payment-by-results mechanism, where the Government and Local Authorities pre-agree a series of outcomes which, if met, release Government funding to underpin the investment made by the Local Authority or partners to deliver the project.

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