Scotland: City Launches Sewage Heat Recovery Project In Quest For Carbon Neutrality

STIRLING, United Kingdom

A new $7.3 Million USD district heating project in Stirling, Scotland, will provide low-cost, low-carbon heat from the city’s sewage. The project will save about 381 tons of carbon each year or about the equivalent of driving a car 1.5 million miles, and is part of Stirling’s ambition to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city.

In 2018, the Scottish Parliament approved the Climate Change Bill, following First Minister (FM) Nicola Sturgeon's declaration of a global climate emergency. The country's government has set a net-zero emissions target for 2045, with a 70 percent reduction by 2030 and a 90 percent reduction by 2040. Previously, in 2013, the Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 placed a proactive duty on Scottish Government Ministers to "take such reasonable steps as they consider appropriate for the purpose of ensuring the development of the value of Scotland's water resources", developing economic and non-economic value of the country’s water resources in a sustainable way. 

"Earlier this year, Scotland became one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge the fact that we are facing a global climate emergency and it is only right that we take appropriate action – with all policies being re-examined to ensure they meet our climate ambitions", FM Sturgeon said at a project launch event.

"We have already proposed one of the most ambitious statutory emissions targets anywhere in the world and today's announcements illustrate our commitment to developing new and innovative policies which will make a real difference."

Scottish Water chief executive Douglas Millican who accompanied the First Minister on her tour of the facility said, "This new scheme in Stirling will go a long way towards helping reduce our carbon footprint and protecting the environment".

OOSKAnews has also reported this week that Glasgow, Scotland, is set to host 2020's UN climate change conference (COP26) is a joint bid by the UK and Italy to host the event is successful.

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