Green Business Fife and Fife Council are looking to engage with businesses as part of a pilot project to inform how the council prepares for future energy and heat developments across Fife.
We are trying to encourage businesses to engage with the free service from RES to reduce their business energy costs, and this will help the Council to map energy opportunities for future developments.
The Scottish Government designated energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority in June 2015, covering energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation of both domestic and non-domestic buildings in the public sector and private and commercial/industrial sectors. There is Government commitment to multi-year funding of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, now known as Energy Efficient Scotland.
Scottish Government is considering making it mandatory for local authorities’ to develop Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) to plan for energy demand reduction and heat decarbonisation of buildings across their area, rolling out costed phased delivery programmes across all sectors.
In order to support local authorities prepare for this requirement the Scottish Government has made funding available for the delivery of projects to help inform them in how they produce these strategies.
One area where it has been recognised that current data and information needs supplementing is within the non-domestic (private and commercial) sector.
The Levenmouth Local Energy Project will deliver a number of outcomes, including engaging with businesses within the Levenmouth area in order to:
- Signpost them to Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) – who provide support to SME’s in reducing energy, water and raw material usage to help lower bills. Businesses get a free assessment from RES advisers to identify where they can potentially save money, support in finding suppliers and quotes for getting works carried out, and help in accessing funding support for example through interest free loans.
- Gather business energy use data to improve national non-domestic energy data (heat map) to help in the development of future energy infrastructure.
- Identify challenges or gaps for businesses in taking forward energy efficiency measures
- Assess the level of resource and support required to carry out a similar exercise on a Fife wide or national basis.