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Scotland’s Heat Map – why heat?

Over 50% of the energy consumed in Scotland is used to heat and cool buildings and processes; in our homes, offices, hospitals, business and industry. The Heat Policy Statement (HGPS) published in June 2015 sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to decarbonising our heat system, diversifying our sources of heat, reducing pressure on household energy bills and maximising the economic opportunities of the transition to a low carbon heat sector.

What is a heat map?

Heat mapping is a powerful way to visualise opportunities, to assess who needs heat (demand) and where sources of heat might come from (supply), and how these can be connected in an efficient way to reduce the cost of heat supply and the carbon intensity of heat generation. It can also be used, in combination with other spatial datasets, as a tool to focus on areas of need or priority.

The heat maps allows users to identify where there opportunities for decentralised energy projects across Scotland. It can be used to identify where there are opportunities for heat networks, to assess heat density and proximity to heat sources. The heat map will be updated regularly and will evolve over time.

See the map - Scotland Heat Map Interactive

Everyone can use Scotland heat map interactive web map. This is a fully interactive and simplified version of the full Scotland heat map. Business, developers, housing associations and communities can find out about the heat demand and supply opportunities.

To view Scotland Heat Map Interactive please click the map below:

Heat Map

To facilitate the use of the heat map a reporting tool has been developed to allow users to interrogate the data within an internet browser.  Guidance on using the tool can be found on the Heat Map documentation page.

Users familiar with GIS can download raster and vector data for certain layers through the Heat Map INSPIRE ATOM feed.

Great care has been taken to ensure the Scotland Heat Map is as accurate as possible.  However, with such a large data set, errors will occur.  By using Scotland heat map interactive you accept the data as is. The Scottish Government or any data provider is not liable for costs arising from using this data.


Who has the Scotland heat map?

We want to support local action on heat across Scotland. That is why every Scottish local authority has been offered the heat map dataset. To find out who has the data in your area see Who has the Scotland heat map.

Use the map - Scottish Local Authorities and public sector

Each Scottish Local Authority has been offered the heat map dataset for their area to support local energy planning. These datasets are more granular than shown on Scotland Heatmap Interactive and are shared through the Scotland heat map Framework. Other public sector bodies are asked to register interest in using the Scotland heat map dataset by emailing heatmap@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

Scotland heat map User Guide outlines how the map was created and how it can be used and updated.

The National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) published in June 2014 both strongly support the roll-out of heat networks and development of renewable energy. In particular see the SPP section on A Low Carbon Place.  For example it states that “local development plans should use heat mapping to identify the potential for co-locating developments with a high heat demand with sources of heat supply”.  Heat maps can also be used so that “Local development plans should identify where heat networks, heat storage and energy centres exist or would be appropriate and include policies to support their implementation”. The Scottish Government has issues planning advice: Planning and Heat. The heat map can support other policy areas such as reducing Fuel Poverty, economic development, energy and asset management, climate change and sustainability.

Local authorities and public sector bodies are asked to provide annual building energy data using the Scottish Government data upload tool

To demonstrate the potential for the heat map to support strategic area based strategies for heating and cooling, and support the work set out in the Scottish Government’s Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement on district heating, Resource Efficient Scotland commissioned the Carbon Trust and Ramboll to use the heat map to carry out an analysis of opportunities for district heating associated with the public sector estate. A report has been produced as a snapshot of the outputs and a GIS tool has been developed as part of this work to allow the analysis to be repeated and adapted to take account of local priorities and additional data as that becomes available through the heat map. The GIS tool can be made available to local authorities and other organisations with access to the heat map. This report has been produced by the Carbon Trust and Ramboll on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The views expressed in the report are those of the Carbon Trust and Ramboll and do not necessarily represent those of Scottish Ministers. Report: Scotland Heat Map Public Sector Analysis.

Heat map data

The Scotland heat map draws together a wide range of data to provide the highest quality map possible. This is a partnership project with data contributions from government, public and private sector bodies. All the data used in the heat map has been reviewed and classified as non-personal. Over 70 public bodies have provided real energy use data.

The data will be improved regularly through the Scotland heat map Validation process. Please help to improve our data.

Access and use of the Scotland heat map interactive constitutes acceptance of the limitations of the Framework agreement and conditions that take effect from the date of first use. Icons and images developed for the Scotland heat map are the property of the Scottish Government and cannot be sold on.

For further information please contact: heatmap@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.