Climate-friendly heat networks gets £300m boost


The fund is aimed at supporting projects like the Queens Quay heat pump and heat network

The Heat Network Fund, which targets both homes and commercial properties across Scotland, was announced by zero carbon buildings minister Patrick Harvie during a visit to the Queens Quay heat pump and heat network project.

The fund will support projects where the heat for individual properties is supplied from a communal source.

The new fund takes over from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and is part of the overall £1.8 billion committed over the course of this parliament to decarbonise the heating of buildings buildings.

At the visit, Harvie also announced the opening of applications for the Social Housing Net Zero Heat Development fund and the extension of funding for ‘Fabric First’ energy efficiency projects in social housing. The development funding will be targeted at small and medium-sized registered social landlords (RSLs) who have indicated they require additional support to plan and deliver the roll out of zero emissions heating within their housing stock.  At the same time the Fabric First funding pot for home energy improvements has been extended for another two years.

Harvie said: “We have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our homes and buildings by more than two thirds by 2030. By the end of this decade, we aim to have switched over one million homes and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings from fossil fuels to zero emission heating.

“The Heat Network Fund will accelerate the development of heat networks across Scotland as we move towards our ambitious targets set by the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021. The projects that receive support from the fund will fully align with the Scottish government’s aim to eradicate fuel poverty by supplying heat at affordable prices to consumers, which is especially important now when we are seeing record rises in the cost of heating.

“We can’t reach these targets alone. We know how important increasing private and community investment will be alongside investment from the Scottish government, that is why we have established the Green Heat Finance Taskforce. The Taskforce brings together leading voices and expertise from the building, finance and energy sectors and aims to identify and develop solutions to deliver the overall investment that’s needed to meet our vital goals for cutting emissions from homes and buildings.”

Scotland’s Heat Network Fund is open to all public and private sector applicants. Proposals can be submitted to the fund at any time. This fund will remain open to proposals with quarterly reports to be provided with committed spend against the allocated budget.

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