Low carbon transport

Scotland's resources, expertise, drive and ambition make it an attractive location for investments in low carbon transport 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.

A leading light on climate change

Companies like yours will take comfort in knowing that Scotland is responding to the climate change emergency backed by UK and Scottish government investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Decarbonised transport

By 2032 we will phase out the need to buy petrol and diesel cars and vans and have plans to decarbonise Scotland’s railways by 2035.

£2bn public finance

£2bn of longterm public finance has been allocated to a new Public Investment Bank to decarbonise Scotland’s economy.

£3bn green opportunity

The Scottish Government has launched a £3bn Green Investment Portfolio to attract new low carbon investments into Scotland.

Explore our investment-ready green projects

Test bed for green technologies

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

Pictured: E1 EV0 - the world's first electric fire engine designed and built in Scotland by Emergency One

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

Scotland’s low carbon transport opportunities

An innovation powerhouse

Scotland is already home to many ambitious low carbon transport projects

The Connected Places Catapult recognises Scotland’s efforts to transform the transport industry. It supports growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and connects public and private sectors, local government and transport authorities to drive new commercial opportunities.

Did you know?

  • Scotland aims to make the Highlands and Islands the world's first net zero aviation region by 2040
  • Every one of Scotland's city centres will be vehicle emission-free by 2030 thanks to a £80 million investment in walking and cycling and a £500 million investment in bus infrastructure
  • One of Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen buses is in Aberdeen and has already delivered over 1 million passenger miles
  • The world's first hydrogen-fuelled seagoing car and passenger ferry is scheduled for launch in Orkney in 2021
  • The world's first electric fire engine is designed and built in Scotland by Emergency One
  • Dundee was named Europe’s most visionary EV city in 2018 by the World Electric Vehicle Association and has the largest UK electric taxi fleet
  • Scotland’s islands are home to some of the world’s most innovative projects integrating renewable energy generation and transport systems, including several hydrogen-demonstration projects on Orkney
  • The world’s first passenger-carrying autonomous bus will be the CAV Forth Project over the Forth Road Bridge

Zero Emissions Mobility Opportunities

Watch this webinar to hear why Scotland is an ideal living lab for the development, testing and scale-up of new technology to meet its net zero target by 2045.

Biofuel from whisky by-products

Scotland’s national spirit is now powering cars, thanks to groundbreaking research from Celtic Renewables.

The company – a spinout from the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, founded by Professor Martin Tagney OBE (pictured) – developed a biofuel from whisky residues.

The whisky industry produces over 1,600 million litres of whisky by-products a year that can be converted to fuel – Celtic Renewables’ innovation could help reduce our energy consumption.

Read Celtic Renewables' story

Talent and skills you need

Want to attract and retain the right talent to maintain your competitive edge? 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), including Scotland’s longest established transport research group to solve practical problems and issues in transport

Scotland is strongly represented in complementary sectors such as advanced engineering and manufacturing. These industries can offer supply-chain skill sets well suited to diversification into low carbon-based opportunities, meaning you can unlock new value from our well-established expertise.

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Supportive business environment

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 key aspect of this project will be to develop a Skills Centre of Excellence 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 situate 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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