The transition to green heat is vital in achieving Scotland’s net zero ambitions. Scotland’s Heat in Buildings Strategy is clear that Heat Pumps and Heat Networks are key technology solutions required to be deployed at scale and pace, which presents significant economic opportunity across the manufacturing supply chain. To support this Scottish Enterprise and the regional economic development agencies in Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise, have issued the Green Heat Hub Grand Challenge to encourage consortia to come forward with their proposal on what Scotland’s Green Heat Hub should be.
Since late 2022, BE-ST, NMIS and PNDC have been working together to respond to this Challenge Call, and are in the second stage of the process and have been invited to further shape our ideas on what a Green Heat Hub for Scotland could look like. We believe that in order to exploit this opportunity, collaboration and communication is key, as is building on existing programme, project and infrastructure investments already made. Scotland needs to do more to understand and communicate the pipeline of activity in the sector which will guide investment decisions across industry. At the same time those responsible for the ‘demand pull’ need to have greater confidence in the green heat technologies and in specifying these.
To that end we are running a series of half day workshops focussed on different elements of the challenge. This virtual workshop will focus on the specific opportunities in the green heat sector for remote and rural communities. We are keen to explore the existing and future place-based activity and local investment and supply chain strengthening for green heat. In attending you will have the opportunity to provide contribution to the discussions around how working together under a wider banner of ‘Scotland’s Green Heat Hub’ we can provide support for, derive additional value from and make better use of the place-making opportunities presented by the scale deployment of green heat technologies and transition to net zero.
Joining and other instructions will be shared ahead of the workshop