Monday, 12 October 2021 09:41

Record increase for heat generated by renewables

The amount of heat generated by renewable sources in Scotland saw a record increase in 2014, growing by 36%, according to new figures from the Energy Saving Trust.

Over the year, it’s estimated that 1 gigawatt of renewable heat capacity was in operation in Scotland, accounting for around 3.8% of the total non-electrical heat demand.

The report covers heat from heat pumps – ground and air – biomass, waste and solar thermal, and is used to measure progress towards the Scottish Government target of 11% of heat coming from renewables by 2020.

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government published its Heat Policy Statement, aiming to “largely decarbonise” the heat system by 2050, by setting out how to use less energy for heat, and how low-carbon heat can reach more homes, businesses and communities.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “I am pleased 2014 has seen the biggest step change in heat demand generated from renewable sources, a significant step forward to decarbonising heating.

“We are committed in helping support households and business across become more energy efficient and use more low carbon and renewable heat sources.”

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