Low carbon transport

Scotland's resources, expertise and ambition make it an attractive location for investments in low carbon transport and cleantech projects. Scotland is creating a sustainable decarbonised transport infrastructure and supply chain that’s on track to meet its net zero emissions target by 2045.

Did you know?

Scotland was the first country in the world to declare the climate change emergency and pass world-leading climate change legislation.

£2bn Public finance

has been allocated to a new Public Investment Bank to decarbonise Scotland’s economy.

World-leading targets

to phase out the need to buy petrol and diesel cars and vans and to decarbonise Scotland’s railways by 2035.

£3bn green opportunity

Green Investment Portfolio to attract new low carbon investments into Scotland.

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The perfect testing environment

The ideal living lab

With highly populated urban centres, sparsely populated islands and combination of mountainous and coastal terrain, Scotland is an ideal living lab for the development, testing and scale-up of new technology.

We’ve already made good progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by deploying renewables, and the Scottish Government has now committed to take radical steps to decarbonise transport in Scotland.

Join us as we work to reduce transport emissions. We have opportunities for ambitious companies to locate in Scotland and enjoy strong public sector support.

What Scotland can offer your low carbon business

Join a community with innovation at its heart

As we transition to a zero-carbon emissions economy, the focus for Scotland is on creating innovations which will deliver against our sustainable objectives and make a real difference in the areas that matter. We can achieve this by working with strong partners and with the connected and world-leading academic clusters in Scotland. And when you locate in Scotland, you become part of this dynamic business environment.

Scotland is already home to many ambitious low carbon transport projects, and has led the way in demonstrating several zero emission transport solutions. 

Examples of hydrogen transport projects underway in Scotland

Access the skills and talent you need

Scotland’s academics have the ambition to be world leaders in sustainable development. And our universities and colleges understand their role in developing people that can meet the skillset required for the future.

  • Heriot-Watt University - a world-leading centre for policy and innovation in transport logistics
  • University of Strathclyde (Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management) - combines end-to-end multidisciplinary expertise from creative design, manufacture & management of an entire product or system
  • University of Edinburgh - a world-leading informatics department, including the Bayes Centre
  • St Andrews University hosts the Fuel Cells & Batteries research project which, with funding from the Faraday Institution, aims to create a safe, cheap, long-lasting battery which could revolutionise electric travel and renewable energy storage
  • Napier University - a hub for the development of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). This includes including Scotland’s longest established running transport research group focussed onto solving practical problems and issues in transport

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Benefit from ongoing support

Invest in Scotland and you can take advantage of our close connections to the best academic institutions, both in Scotland and abroad. Your company will benefit from dynamic industry clusters and connected supply chains.

The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme aims to support Scotland's transition to a low carbon economy. Through this programme, companies like yours can access a range of support, from expert advice to financial support to assist the development and delivery of private, public and community low carbon projects across the country.

The creation of the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc backed by £60 million investment over the next decade will focus on R&D in sustainable mobility, clean transport and low carbon energy solutions. It has excellent infrastructure, connectivity and space to grow as well as green energy and heat supplied from local sustainable sources. A new Skills Centre of Excellence will be developed on site, creating a talent pipeline with the right skills and a fully equipped environment for businesses to upskill and train staff across the sector.

Cost-efficient location

Large scale renewable energy resources such as wind, wave and tidal are now being linked to storage and markets in the UK and Europe. Scotland has the greatest wind resource in Europe (25%) and some of the highest capacity factors.

Efficient energy storage will help unlock the potential to use Scotland’s abundant natural resource to power our transport requirements.

As such, there are plans to locate hydrogen production close to wind farms, which will use surplus electricity to reduce cost of hydrogen, making your low carbon transport project more cost efficient.

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Scotland’s low carbon transport opportunities

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