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Scotland Taking Share of £8 Million Net-Zero Project Funding

David Paul

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A group of six projects will be part of a larger UK Government plan to create a British net-zero industrial zone.

A Scottish net-zero project is one of six across the UK to receive a share of £8 million released by the UK Government.

The projects will receive the funding as part of a drive to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040.

An alliance of industries and experts under the name NECCUS is leading Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap project, which aims to have the country carbon neutral by 2045, with the rest of the UK aiming to hit this target by 2050.

Part of NECCUS’ project will enable hydrogen to be used more widely as an energy source, with the aim of helping Scotland meet its ambitious 2045 target.

The Scottish Government’s Just Transition Commission is the major driver of the country’s net-zero strategy, advising Scottish Ministers on how to apply Just Transition principles across Scotland to stop people from becoming ‘economically disadvantaged’.

The principles include investment and implementation to a “transition to environmentally and socially sustainable jobs, sectors and economies,” creating opportunities to address inequality and poverty and delivery of “low carbon investment and infrastructure”.

Commenting on the funding, UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The UK is leading the world’s green industrial revolution, with ambitious targets to decarbonise our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“As we continue to level up the UK economy and build back greener, we must ensure every sector is reducing carbon emissions to help us achieve our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.”

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Other projects will be carried out in Wales, the West Midlands, Tees Valley, North West, with local authorities working with industry to develop plans to reduce carbon emissions.

Westminster says it aims to boost employment and “decarbonise” the UK economy in order to meet its legally binding target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

In November, the government released a 10-Point Plan and Energy White Paper which discussed the ramping-up of hydrogen production, an accelerated move to electric vehicles, advances in offshore wind and nuclear. The plan will be backed with £12bn in funding.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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