On 8 August 2019, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, opened a new £6 million project which uses new renewables technology to harness energy from waste water. The Stirling District Heat Network project was launched while the first minister was visiting the city as part of the 50th Travelling Cabinet.
The project received £2 million funding through the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, and was developed in conjunction with Stirling Council and Scottish Water Horizons. It is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to provide affordable and low-carbon heat to Stirling’s local community.
The announcement was part of a new package of announcements made in Stirling, which is aiming to become Scotland’s first carbon neutral city, with the aim of helping to tackle the global climate emergency. The cabinet met in the city to discuss key issues affecting the local community, including climate change, and included direct engagement with local residents.
The cabinet also announced that £300,000 will be invested to expand the Climate Ready Classrooms initiative to help young people aged 14-17 develop their understanding of climate change, its causes and potential impacts. The programme aims to engage with at least 50% of Scotland’s secondary schools in the next two years and accredit almost 5,000 young people as carbon literate.
Source: Scottish Government, 7 August 2019