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Update on Renewable Heat Target and Action - 2015

Update on Renewable Heat Target and Action - 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

ISBN: 9781785447402

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires Scottish Ministers to produce a plan for the use of renewable sources and to report regularly on progress. A Renewable Heat Action Plan was produced in November 2009 updated in 2010, and refreshed again in 2011. This 2015 update report outlines progress made towards achieving the goals outlined in the renewable heat target. The Heat Policy Statement published June 2015, updates and replaces the Renewable Heat Action Plan and subsequent updates.

Executive Summary

The report shows that Scotland continues to make progress towards achieving the goal of 11% non-electrical heat demand derived from renewable sources. This is based on 2013 data projections that estimates in 2014 Scotland produced enough heat from renewable sources to meet between 3.7% and 3.8% of non-electrical heat demand, up from 1% in 2009.

The report outlines a number of new and emerging initiatives on renewable heat. This includes the designation of energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority, the development of a support programme for local authorities to develop a strategic approach to district heating and the launching of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) in March 2015, with £76 million allocated over the first 3 years.

Other elements of progress outlined in the report include the funding of feasibility studies into the potential for geothermal energy in Scotland; the launch of a Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund with £2.3 million committed to encourage the development of large scale water source heat pump schemes; and work towards publication of a Scottish-specific chapter for the National Comprehensive Assessment of the potential for Combined Heat and Power and district heating and cooling.