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Circular economy opportunities for a decarbonised Scottish future

Circular economy opportunities for a decarbonised Scottish future: Why circular economy practices should underpin Scotland’s decarbonisation ambitions.

As a leader in circular economy thinking, Zero Waste Scotland is working to find solutions that maximise the value of limited resources and reflect the carbon impact of materials across their entire life cycle. Here we consider why rethinking the design, manufacture and use of low-carbon heat technologies, services and systems in a circular manner not only enhances the decarbonisation effort but has the potential to increase the uptake of low-carbon heating solutions.

We’d like to share two opportunities for circular economy thinking to underpin Scotland’s decarbonisation ambitions:

1) Embedding circular economy thinking in the procurement processinitial design and the end-of-life treatment of major infrastructure equipment and materials such as

  • high-grade steel in pipelines;
  • rare earth metals in industrial batteries, solar panels and electric motors; and
  • high-volume insulation products.

2) Adopting circular economy business models for the manufacturing and deployment of equipment such as

  • heat pumps,
  • electrical heating systems, and
  • electrical control systems.

Decarbonising heat supply for industry and public sector

Zero Waste Scotland’s Low Carbon Heat (LCH) team is supporting the decarbonisation of Scottish businesses and local authorities by providing advice on district heating, waste heat recovery and industrial decarbonisation opportunities.

The team provides specialist support to decarbonise Scotland’s heat supply, building capacity for strategic approaches to low carbon heat, unlocking waste heat from industry and supporting low carbon infrastructure projects.

Talk to us about innovative low carbon solutions for heat demand. Support is available for:

  • Local authorities
  • Public sector
  • Private sector & Industry

Email for enquiries and support 

The District Heating Scotland website is a rich repository of resource and information on technology, case studies, planning, leadership and home to the Scotland Heat Map.

Support to cut small business energy bills by 24%

Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland undertakes free assessments on behalf of the Scottish Government to help businesses identify where they can make savings. We typically identify ways that business can reduce their energy bills by 24%!

We identify where you can make the savings and we have funding available for energy efficiency upgrades. The interest-free SME Loan of £1,000 up to £100,000, from the Scottish Government can cover energy efficient upgrades for eligible businesses. And it currently comes with 15% cashback offer, up to £10,000, while funds last.

Save energy. Save money.

Call 0808 808 2268

Email or visit the Energy Efficiency Business Support website.

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