With a target of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and a challenging interim target of 42% reduction by 2020, Scotland’s Climate Change Bill is widely recognised as world leading in its ambition.
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The updated Scottish National Transport Strategy (NTS2) has today been announced by Michael Matheson MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Scotland’s new National Transport Strategy sets out an ambitious and compelling vision for Scotland’s transport system for the next 20 years.
A £100 million carbon zero business and innovation park in Kirkcaldy has been unveiled as the central plank of a new economic action plan to improve mid-Fife’s fortunes.
Are you interested in reducing the carbon footprint of your community building or business? Would you like to save money on your energy bills or transport costs?
If you are thinking of making changes to ‘go greener’, or would like to find out more about the options, come along to this free event. You'll hear from impartial experts and from local organisations with hands-on experience.
Date: Friday 24th January, 10am - 12pm.
Venue: Greener Kirkcaldy, 8 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT.
Hear from Resource Efficient Scotland and Community Energy Scotland, who will discuss how the climate emergency could impact your organisation, along with practical advice on easy wins to manage resources, cut carbon emissions, and fund longer term measures, and other guest speakers, who will share their stories of putting measures in place. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and Greener Kirkcaldy will be giving a tour of their building's solar pv system, battery energy storage system and electric vehicle charging point.
A £6 million Low Carbon Challenge Fund to help SMEs grasp opportunities around climate change has been launched.
The Scottish Enterprise fund will be open to public, third sector and academic institutions working to create opportunities to advance the low carbon capabilities of SMEs within Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the fund today at Star Refrigeration in Glasgow, which has developed its own water source heat pump through its Star Refrigeration Renewable Energy subsidiary.
The First Minister said: “The launch of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund is another step towards our target of ending Scotland's contribution to global climate change by 2045. Being at the forefront of the global transition to a low carbon economy is not just good for the environment - it is stimulating innovation and opening up new opportunities for our businesses.
CONSTRUCTION OF NEART NA GAOITHE OFFSHORE WIND FARM PROJECT TO GO AHEAD FOLLOWING FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS
Construction of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm is now underway following confirmation from EDF Renewables that financial close for the project has been achieved. Twenty-five (25) financial institutions are lending money to fund the wind farm which will supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes*.
NnG has a capacity of c. 450 megawatts (MW) of low carbon energy and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of Co2 emissions each year. Construction of components is now underway, offshore construction will start in June 2020 and full commissioning will complete in 2023.
NnG will bring a further boost to the offshore wind industry in Scotland, providing new jobs and manufacturing opportunities.
EDF Renewables UK has already increased its Edinburgh team from 44 people to over 100 people at the Atria One building in Scotland’s capital city.
All of the project’s 54 turbines will be assembled at the Port of Dundee before being sailed to the site and the Scottish engineering firm BiFab will build a number of the foundation jackets.