Infrastructure Finance & Programmes

We are delivering and managing net zero infrastructure and finance programmes that support Scottish Government’s National Infrastructure Mission to drive inclusive economic growth and build resilient places.

Heat Decarbonisation

As part of our wider programme of work to help decarbonise buildings, we work with the Scottish Government and partner organisations to identify and promote opportunities to develop heat networks.

These provide an alternative, low carbon way to generate and distribute heat and hot water to homes, businesses and public buildings in various parts of the country. In addition to carbon savings, they can provide a range of other benefits, such as helping to alleviate fuel poverty, increasing the resilience of local energy supply, and contributing to wider regeneration initiatives.

Our Net Zero Buildings team supports Scotland’s local authorities and other public bodies by providing legal, financial and commercial expertise in the development of heat networks.

We work with projects to identify the right business model to deliver the right technical solution in the right place. This involves providing contracting, procurement and financing expertise throughout the development process, so that the project is capable of attracting investment.

Heat networks operate by tapping into large-scale low carbon heat sources such as rivers, minewater, wastewater, geothermal heat and surplus industrial heat. As an example, this short video shows how heat networks can recover heat from energy-from-waste facilities to supply homes and businesses.

This short video shows how a district heating systems works. 

Our Net Zero Buildings Team also provides support to Scottish Government to implement the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, which, when fully in force, will provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for heat networks in Scotland, increasing confidence for both consumers and contractors, thereby driving further investment in the sector.