New research released today (Nov 11) shows the Scottish Government’s new Heat Networks Bill could see the equivalent of 460,000 homes heated renewably by 2030, cutting emissions from heat by 10% and helping tackle the climate emergency. The research, commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables, found 46 potential heat network projects across Scotland’s seven cities. The networks would initially serve 45,000 homes but could, with the right Scottish Government support, grow ten-fold by 2030.
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Heat generated by industrial and natural sources could warm a fifth of Scotland’s homes within the next decade, renewable energy experts say. Heat is often a wasted by-product of industrial processes that is either vented into the atmosphere, or requires even more energy to cool components. Scottish Renewables, a trade body, has identified 46 viable projects which are working to harness this excess energy and divert it into homes, where it can provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to gas heating. Some schemes can also harness heat from natural sources such as Scotland’s rivers, which are not renowned for their balmy temperatures. One company, Star Renewable Energy, has installed a heat pump which can extract the small amount of heat generated by the Clyde. The river has an average temperature of around 10C but engineers can boost it up to 80C for use in homes. The projects already have the potential to heat 45,000 homes, but with government investment this could increase to 460,000, almost a fifth of Scotland’s 2.46 million households, according to Scottish Renewables.
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SCOTLAND could be poised for a Scandinavian-style heating revolution with the Scottish Government’s Heat Networks Bill potentially seeing the equivalent of 460,000 homes heated through renewable sources by 2030, according to new research. A study commissioned by Scottish Renewables found 46 potential heat network projects across Scotland’s seven cities, which would initially serve 45,000 homes. However, it said that with the right Scottish Government support, these could grow ten-fold over the next 11 years and could cut emissions from heat by 10% and help tackle the climate emergency. Scotland’s low-carbon heat industry outlook is uncertain, with support schemes run by the UK and Scottish governments soon ending, despite both declaring a climate emergency. Scottish Renewables is calling on the Scottish Government to use its recently-announced Heat Networks Bill to address the uncertainty and to consider how to support the future growth of heat networks.
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