Renewables

Scotland's abundant natural resources and renowned engineering heritage gives us unrivalled expertise in the safe, sustainable, profitable harnessing of energy. Exceptional experience, unique offshore energy capabilities and unrivalled support, make us natural supply chain partners for renewable energy projects worldwide.

9,000 supply chain companies

Scotland's renewables and low carbon industry has over 9,000 supply chain companies

Highly skilled workforce

74% of industry leaders consider Scotland as one of world’s best training grounds in renewables

£11 billion turnover

Our renewables and low carbon industry has an £11 billion turnover

Energy is our DNA, it's our lifeblood

Scotland's renewables and low carbon industry credits:

  • 9,000 supply chain companies
  • £11 billion turnover
  • £277.5 million exports
  • 49,000 jobs
  • £1.5 billion investment

Exceptional experience

Scotland has over 2000 energy and engineering companies who have been supplying offshore oil and gas in the North Sea for 50 years and now sells over £10 billion each year to over 100 countries.

Our enterprising energy supply chain hosts a wide range of skills and expertise.

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Diverse, adaptable renewables and low carbon sector

  • 9,000 companies with revenues of £11 billion
  • Responsible for generating almost half (45.8%) of the UK’s total turnover in onshore wind
  • Delivering solutions for world first projects in offshore wind, marine renewables, energy storage, and a range of other emerging technologies

Highly skilled workforce, trained to the highest safety standards

  • 74% of industry leaders consider Scotland as one of world’s best training grounds
  • 250,000 offshore workers globally trained to best-in-class OPITO standards
  • Oil & Gas Technical Apprenticeship Programme has supported 1,500 young people into the industry

Unrivalled oil and gas supply chain of over 2,000 companies

  • Largest concentration of offshore engineering expertise in the world, outside of Houston
  • Home to global centres of excellence in reservoirs, drilling, wells, downhole technology and subsea
  • Scotland’s 370 subsea companies generate annual revenues of £7.5 billion

Abundant resources and ambitious targets

Our abundant resources and ambitious decarbonisation targets are powering the growth our renewables industry:

  • 10.8GW pipeline of renewables under construction, awaiting construction or in planning
  • 25% of Europe's entire onshore wind resource crosses the seas around Scotland
  • 10GW of renewable electricity capacity
  • 68.1% of Scotland's total electricity demand met by renewables sources
  • 50% of Scotland's total energy demand to be supplied by renewables in 2030
Sgurr Energy meeting

"We are very pleased to develop this project in Scotland, in a region with huge wind resource and an experienced supply chain from oil and gas. Through industry and supportive policies, the UK and Scotland are taking a position at the forefront of developing offshore wind as a competitive new energy source."

Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president of new energy solutions at Equinor

Unique capabilities

Our pioneering energy sector is delivering world-first projects:

At the forefront of deepwater and floating offshore wind technologies

  • 2007 – The world’s first deepwater wind project, Beatrice Demonstrator, is commissioned off Caithness
  • 2017 – Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, is commissioned off Peterhead
  • 2018 – The world’s most powerful turbine is installed atop innovative suction jacket foundations at Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm

A global leader in the development and deployment of marine renewables

  • 2010 – Completion of world’s first leasing round for marine renewables sites in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters
  • 2016 – First power from world’s first community owned tidal array, Shetland Tidal Array
  • 2017 – World’s first utility-scale array, MeyGen 1A, is commissioned

The vanguard of developing new, low carbon energy system

  • 2008 – The community of Eigg becomes the first in the world to deploy their own off-grid renewable energy system
  • 2016 – Fife Council deploys the world’s first hydrogen-diesel hybrid refuse collection vehicles
  • 2017 – Orkney Surf ‘n’ Turf employs the world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen electrolyser

Strong international partnerships

Scotland has several Energy and Low Carbon Memoranda of Understanding in place with companies / institutions in the Middle East and Asia, to help develop joint renewables and low carbon initiatives, including:

  • Masdar in AbuDhabi
  • Science & Technology Park / ECCI in Hong Kong
  • The Nippon Foundation in Japan
Aerial view of Energy Park Fife

"Scotland's commitment to tackling climate change shows real global leadership. Combining resource commitment in the way Scotland has ever since the early 2000s has enabled Vattenfall to invest in more than £400m in the Scottish wind sector over the past 10 years."

Piers Guy, UK country manager, Vattenfall

Scottish trade delegations around the world

We support Scottish companies to attend and exhibit at major renewables trade shows around the world, including the Offshore Technology Conference, All Energy Conference and Offshore Wind Conference.

Offshore Europe stand

In this section

Education

Scotland's education is open to the world. We've a strong track record of working with overseas partners, through delivery of teaching, training, in-country provision, or a more ‘blended learning’ approach.

Food and drink

Scottish produce is hard to beat. From our world-renowned whiskies and award-winning meat and seafood, to small-batch gins, craft beers, and innovative baked goods, Scotland is the home of quality and flavour.

Oil and gas

With decades of experience in oil and gas and abundant renewable energy resources, Scotland is the natural supply chain partner for your energy project.

Textiles

Well-known for our unrivalled creativity, innovation and collaboration, the textiles sector in Scotland has a great track record on the international stage.

Our global staff can help you source a Scottish supplier or partner. Whether you're ready to trade or just want to chat about a potential project, we're here to help.