New figures published for the first time by the University of Strathclyde's Fraser of Allander Institute show the economic impact of Scotland's renewable energy sector • A £350 million investment will transform Bristol Temple Island to new urban quarter heated by new district heating network • The UK government launches the Green Heat Network Fund, building on the progress made by the Heat Networks Investment Project • Read about the news in sustainable heating and cooling in the June news update from the UK
The University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute have published statistics on the economic reach of Scotland’s renewable energy sector for the first time. The figures show that green energy support 22,660 jobs, of which 8,780 jobs are supported by the biggest renewables employer – onshore wind. The renewable energy sector provides Scotland with the equivalent of 97.4% of the country’s electricity consumption.
The sector is expected to grow significantly in the near future, particularly in the area of sustainable heating. Since heating is still the most energy-intensive activity in Scotland, adoption and deployment of low-carbon heating technologies like heat pumps and district heating networks are expected to expand rapidly.
Bristol City Council has struck a deal with property investor Legal & General, securing £350 million to transform the currently disused Bristol Temple Island into a new urban development. The island will include 550 new homes, a large capacity conference centre and exhibition space, as well as a 345-room hotel. Following the agreement, L&G will launch a public consultation on the plans for Bristol Temple Island over the summer.
The new development will be heated by a new district heating network provided by Bristol City Council, and the new buildings will target a minimum of Excellent status of the BREEAM standard. The Temple Island scheme is part of the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone regeneration plans, which will see the redevelopment of land around the city centre station over the coming years.
The Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) will facilitate the development of low and zero carbon heat networks through grant funding offered to applicants from the public, private and third sector. This new initiative will make use of the knowledge and progress made by the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) which has its final year in 2021/2022.
The GHNF will be fully launched in April 2022, while the GHNF Transition Scheme opened for applications on July 5 2021. The transition scheme will provide funding for commercialisation of projects in order to make organisations ready to apply for construction funding once the full GHNF scheme is introduced.
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