Ministerial visit to renewable heat project

November 15, 2021

FES Operations Director, James Reid, was delighted to facilitate a visit by Scottish Water Horizons and delegates from Germany to the Scottish Water renewable heat project in Stirling during COP26.

Head of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector, Minister Thekla Walker toured the facility in Stirling on 8 November. The £6 million ground-breaking project, the first in the UK to use a mix of cutting-edge renewable technologies to harness energy from waste water, is an excellent example of how cross-sector collaboration can help tackle climate change. 

The District Heating Network is one of Stirling’s key projects aiming to help Scotland’s zero-carbon targets by saving a projected 381 tonnes of carbon per annum – the equivalent of flying a passenger jet from Glasgow to Sydney, Australia about 82 times.

FES was involved in the delivery of works for the district heating scheme and integration of the energy centre.  Our teams continue to deliver the ongoing maintenance of the energy centre.

Scottish Water Horizons, a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water, own and operate the energy centre at Stirling Waste Water Treatment Works, which is also supplied with low-carbon electricity from the scheme.

Paul Kerr, Managing Director of Scottish Water Horizons, said “We are determined to lead with way in helping Scotland achieve net zero emissions by enabling vital transformation of its heat networks.

“Heat accounts for over half of the energy used across the country, with traditional fuels a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Maximising value from waste water to provide sustainable heat highlights how innovative thinking and collaboration can make a positive difference for future generations.

“As we finish the second week of COP26, we very much welcomed the opportunity to showcase what Scotland is doing at a national level in the fight against climate change.”

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