Scottish Government announces £3.4m funding to help manufacturing industry decarbonise

Michael Matheson

The first recipients of a fund set up to help Scotland’s manufacturing industries reduce emissions have been announced by the Scottish Government.

Eight companies will share £3.4 million through the first round of the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF), with additional private funding bringing total investment across the projects to more than £10m.

Projects awarded funding include the conversion of gas combustion furnaces to a cleaner, oxy-fuel system at a glass manufacturing plant, and a feasibility study into capturing CO2 during the fermentation process at a whisky distillery.

They will reduce emissions by an estimated 14,000 tonnes of CO2e a year by the time they are completed, saving the equivalent of the annual emissions from 5,200 households.

Up to £34m of Scottish Government funding will be made available through the lifetime of the five-year SIETF, which runs until 2026. A second round of applications is now open.

Michael Matheson, net-zero and energy secretary, said: “Bold, urgent and collective action is required across all sectors to ensure we become a net-zero economy by 2045 at the latest.

“The Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund is providing substantial, tangible support to help industry and our manufacturing sector decarbonise in response to our climate targets.

“The Fund will support a wide range of manufacturing companies to commit to lowering emissions and future-proofing their operations. I hope many more will follow suit and look forward to the next round of applications supporting just that.”

The full list of companies can be found here.

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