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Scotland's energy transition opportunity

Energy transition will dominate Scotland’s supply chain in the next decade. We’re starting now.

Using our skills, creativity, and knowledge, we can help you expand into the four areas crucial to Scottish economic growth — offshore wind, clean heat, low emissions heavy duty vehicles and hydrogen. Get to grips with clean energy and learn how to maximise its potential for your business.

Latest industry support and information

Scottish energy transition sector: three focus areas

Scotland has high ambitions to develop an internationally significant hydrogen economy, as documented in the Scottish Hydrogen Action Planopens in a new window. A key part of that ambition is to develop 5GW of installed hydrogen production capacity by 2030, then 25GW by 2045.

The economic opportunities associated with hydrogen are not limited solely to its production. Other areas of opportunity include hydrogen use in:

  • Distribution
  • Storage
  • Industry
  • Transport
  • Chemical feedstock
  • Exports to the rest of the UK and Europe

The global transition to hydrogen makes it a lucrative and innovative sector. Now we're showing Scottish companies how to be part of that change. 

We're furthering our understanding of the wider hydrogen economy’s requirements and looking for existing capabilities in Scotland that could be useful to the sector. 

The Assessment of Electrolysers report, commissioned by the Scottish Government, outlines the current state of electrolyser manufacturing globally. It details how to support the growing supply chain so that Scotland can reach its electrolyser deployment targets. We're working to make links between hydrogen project developers and Scottish companies that can offer relevant products and services.

Read the Assessment of Electrolysers report opens in a new window 

Hydrogen projects

Scotland’s hydrogen project pipeline is growing, supported by existing energy generation and infrastructure assets.

Our map of Scotland's hydrogen assets lets you see where hydrogen production, distribution and usage could take place.

View our map of Scotland's hydrogen assetsopens in a new window 

We are working to support developing projects and would encourage you to speak to us if you are a project developer and/or an inward investor.

Scotland's hydrogen innovation network (SHINe)

Scotland's hydrogen innovation ecosystem is growing at a fast pace. Scotland's hydrogen innovation network (SHINe) programme helps companies access the wide range of hydrogen innovation resources available.

SHINe aims to speed up innovation in Scotland, strengthen hydrogen capabilities and help companies in the sector build lasting partnerships.

Learn about hydrogen opportunities and news from SHINe 

Sector and market opportunities

There are significant opportunities for companies that can contribute to making the large-scale production of green hydrogen more affordable.

Learn about international hydrogen opportunitiesopens in a new window 

Recent reports

These reports cover hydrogen opportunities across different sectors in Scotland. 


Carbon capture, utilisation and storage

Scotland has a significant opportunity to deploy carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) due to its vast CO2 storage potential in the North Sea and the option to repurpose existing oil and gas infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage.
Scotland also has the skilled, experienced workforce and supply chain required to develop CCUS. This will help reduce carbon emissions across hard-to-abate industries, while also creating and sustaining jobs in Scotland. 
Of the four CCUS clusters in the UK, Scotland has one. These clusters will contribute towards the UK Government’s target to capture and store twenty to thirty megatonnes per annum (mtpa) of CO2 by 2030. CCUS in Scotland and across the UK will accelerate in the run up to 2030 to meet this target and will create new opportunities for the Scottish supply chain as a result.

Offshore wind puts us in a strong position to be a world leader in green energy thanks to Scotland’s long-standing links to the oil and gas industry. 

Existing expertise can be applied to offshore wind in fields such as surveying, installation, operations, maintenance, and health and safety. 

Market opportunities in offshore wind

Our market plans explain the background, scale and scope of the opportunity in offshore wind, the types of companies that are eligible, and – if you meet the criteria – what you need to do next. 

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Floating wind projects in Scotland

Scotland has two of the biggest floating wind farms in the world — Hywind Scotland and the Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm. There's a third in construction, the Pentland Offshore Wind Farm, which when completed, will overtake the others as the world's largest. 

The opportunity for investment and growth in this sector is huge. In the UK alone, floating offshore wind is forecast to provide 17000 jobs and £33 billion GVA to the economy by 2050.

Run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Offshore Wind Scotland provides information on the sector. Discover developments and opportunities, instructions on how to become part of our Forth and Tay offshore supply chain clusters, and who to contact to find out more.

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Getting into clean heat offers big opportunities for your business, given Scotland’s 2045 net zero targets, 

Heat accounts for 51% of Scotland’s energy demand and, moving forward, all homes and buildings must have significantly reduced energy use with the majority using a zero-emissions heating system. This can provide the perfect opportunity for your company to grow through retraining your staff and redeveloping your services.

Funding and grants 

Green Heat Innovation Support Programme (GHISP)

The £17.6 million GHISP supports innovation and capital investment that will accelerate the roll out and adoption of clean heating solutions and associated products.

Learn more about GHISP  

HeatSource industry hub

HeatSource is a collaborative knowledge hub funded by our organisation, HIE, and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE). It's aim is to explore opportunities in low carbon heat and bring together knowledge, partners and resources to help prepare the sector for net zero.

As well as providing industry updates, it allows you to register for events and list your business for free on the industry directory to help collaborators find you.

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Clean heat business guide 

Read our report on Clean heat: low carbon heat opportunities 

Case study

Learn how Glasgow-based confectioner Aldomak is cutting energy costs.

Read the full story on Aldomak 

Discover energy transition funding

Check out our Funding and Grants page for information on open and upcoming calls.

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