Cutting Carbon and Promoting Resource Efficiency
15/09/2021 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Key reserved policy levers for industry – including those associated with energy markets, networks and prices; industry regulations; international trade; and large-scale funding programmes such as the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund – will set the direction for industry in Scotland. A UK-wide successor to the EU ETS, agreed jointly by the governments of UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will also play a crucial role. The Scottish Government has roles to play in industrial decarbonisation, particularly through schemes which promoting energy efficiency and resource efficiency, incentivising low-carbon heat in industry, and developing a skilled workforce for the low-carbon jobs of the future.
Actions for the Scottish Government
- Set out new policies for resource efficiency in industry. The Circular Economy Bill should be reintroduced next Parliament, with a particular focus on policies for encouraging efficiency within manufacturing and construction and reducing consumer demand for products.
- Enable Scottish businesses to access UK-wide funding. The Scottish Government has signalled its intention to engage more closely with businesses though a Mission Zero Business Summit, a new online ‘single entry point’ for businesses, and a new business support partnership between Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage. The Scottish government also provides advice on different sources of funding available.82 If delivered effectively, this support and information will enable Scottish industry to access UK-wide schemes.
- Skills and training. Develop and roll-out of plans for training and skills for the Net Zero transition, with buildings and manufacturing being priority areas.
- Support a just transition for Scotland’s manufacturing clusters and oil and gas sector through continued support of the Transition Training Fund, the Grangemouth Future Industry Board and continued financial support for developing carbon capture and storage in Scotland.
‘Content from 2020 Progress Report to Scottish Parliament | Committee on Climate Change’
We are hosting a series of technical sessions to discuss the steps needing to be taken in 2021 to lay the foundations for achieving these longer-term objectives.