A £6mn district heat network project has opened in Stirling – which is aiming to become Scotland’s first carbon neutral city – harnessing energy recovered from wastewater.
On 7 August, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially opened the project, which is said to be the first of its kind in the UK. It has been supported by £2mn funding from the Scottish government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, along with backing from developers Stirling Council (£3mn) and Scottish Water Horizons (£1mn).
The project will be fed by hot water from a new energy centre at Scottish Water’s treatment facility, which includes heat pumps, thermal storage and a combined heat and power unit.
Alongside the opening, the Scottish government also announced a £300,000 investment to expand the Climate Ready Classrooms initiative. The initiative seeks to help young people aged between 14-17 to develop their understanding of climate change. The programme will look to engage with at least 50% of Scotland’s secondary schools in the next two years. Support was also announced for communities to undertake their own Big Climate Conversations – feeding into the Scottish Government Public Engagement Strategy on climate change.