Energy industries

With the growing shift away from fossil fuels, Scotland can help companies to transition from non-renewable energy sources to more sustainable solutions. We have big opportunities for international investors, particularly in offshore wind, carbon capture, energy storage, and decarbonisation of heat and transport.

Did you know?

Scotland is home to the world’s first tidal array, world’s first floating offshore wind farm, and one of Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleets. A new power plant at Peterhead in Scotland is the world’s first gas-fired power station equipped with carbon capture storage technology to capture up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 every year – that's 15% of the UK’s target by 2030.

Unrivalled natural resources

Scotland is the windbreak of Europe with over 4GW of offshore wind already operational or under construction and 6GW in the pipeline.

700 renewable energy experts

Scotland has the world's largest energy research group of more than 700 renewable energy scientists, engineers and academics.

Impressive project pipeline

Scotland has a strong offshore wind market ready for investment. ScotWind leasing will deliver an extra 10GW by 2035 and a further 16GW in future rounds.

World-leading climate change targets

50% of Scotland’s total energy demand (electricity, heat and transport) to be supplied by renewable sources by 2030
Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045
75% emissions reduction by 2030 – the toughest statutory emissions target in the world

Scotland's net zero future

By choosing Scotland you’ll be supported and guided by our world-leading climate change targets which demonstrate our commitment to a net zero future.

We’ve already made great strides in our transition away from fossil fuels. In 2020, an estimated 97.4% of Scotland's gross electricity consumption came from renewables.

While hydrogen-powered transport is the catalyst and early enabler for the oil and gas transition towards net zero, Scotland’s vision is much grander than that. Scotland has a huge range of skills, assets and industry knowledge that can be transferred to a net zero future.

Scotland remains the best-placed country in Europe to realise carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) on a commercial scale. The creation of a world-leading Energy Transition Zone, backed by more than £26 million Scottish Government investment and supported by Scottish Enterprise, will accelerate the delivery of net zero solutions and secure a strong economic future built on offshore wind, hydrogen, and CCUS.

Scotland has 12,000km of coastline and more than 790 islands. With our abundant resources, outstanding locations, exceptional experience, unrivalled government support and world-class research and development facilities, we're leading the world in renewables.

Investing in Scotland means access to potential capital contracts worth tens of billions as well as huge export revenue possibilities.

Scotland's green opportunity

Ally Laurie of Star Renewable Energy welding at the factory in Glasgow

Energy systems

Scotland has immediate opportunities across our energy systems supply chain - from hydrogen and energy networks to low carbon heat and transport. 

World's first electric fire engine - E1 EV0 designed and built in Scotland by Emergency One

Low carbon transport

Learn about Scotland's sustainable decarbonised transport infrastructure and supply chain plans that are on track to meet its net zero emissions target by 2045.

Wave and tidal

Orbital Marine Power is turning the tide on climate change building the world’s most powerful, most technologically advanced tidal turbine. An exciting growth equity investment opportunity has arisen to accelerate the scale up of the business in Scotland.

A pipeline of pioneering projects

Scotland, the natural choice for blue and green economies

You’ll find a strong pipeline of ambitious energy projects in Scotland that will help us transition to a net zero future:

H100 – the world’s first 100% green hydrogen-to-homes gas network will generate green hydrogen using a nearby offshore wind turbine linked to an electrolyser. This will then feed into a purpose-built hydrogen gas network to heat local homes and businesses.

ACORN – the world’s first, at scale, full chain blue hydrogen production facility will generate blue hydrogen from North Sea natural gas from 2026, with CO2 emissions safely mitigated through CCUS infrastructure.

Whitelee Green Hydrogen – ground-breaking project that will connect the UK’s largest onshore wind farm to the UK’s largest electrolyser (20MW). This is part of a green hydrogen facility and a combined solar and battery energy storage scheme with a capacity of up to 90MW.

Project North Sea – 300MW oil and gas energy transition project that will utilise a floating wind farm to power a major oil and gas platform and export significant amounts of excess electricity to the national grid through its grid connection.

AMIDS 5G Heat Network – innovative low-carbon energy system in Scotland’s advanced manufacturing district, featuring a cutting-edge 5G ambient loop heat network and large-scale heat pump.

Advanced manufacturing

Scotland is investing in infrastructure, innovation and skills initiatives in our drive to become a global leader in advanced manufacturing for energy transition. Flagship facilities to help take your business to the next level include:

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland - A net zero campus housing institutes of excellence, major research centres, international manufacturers and business park infrastructure. The ideal location for collaborative innovation.

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland - Industry-led manufacturing R&D facilities, providing ground-breaking collaborations to transform productivity levels, competitiveness and skills. 

More about innovation in Scotland

Man welding at Miller Fabrications in Wishaw.

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If you have a question about energy and low carbon opportunities in Scotland, our team of advisers can help.

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