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SMART & FUTURE CITIES

Government, cities, businesses and universities are joining forces to make sure the UK is leading the global race to develop smarter cities. A new forum led by government, will see local authorities and businesses working together to ensure that growth opportunities are not missed in a market estimated to be worth more than $400 billion globally by 2020. Read More »

SMART HEAT & ENERGY SYSTEMS

The Scottish Government’s Heat Policy Statement sets out the ambition for a substantial expansion of heat networks in Scotland, offering a significant opportunity for investors, equipment vendors and network operators. The Statement proposes an increase in the amount of heat supplied through heat networks from around 0.3 TWh now to 1.5 TWh by 2020. A significant part of this ambition will be achieved through increasing the number of households connected, from around 9,000 currently to 40,000 by 2020. Read More »

INTERNET OF THINGS

People living, working and visiting Scotland in 2020 can communicate anywhere, anytime, using any device, instantly. Businesses utilise rapidly evolving systems taking advantage of instant data to deliver innovation, greater efficiency and better support across all sectors of society. Healthcare, education, energy supply and provision and transport have been transformed through the adoption of new technologies, information and ubiquitous access. Read More »

ASSETS, ESTATES & FACILITIES

Smart technologies can make our cities work better, but to face the challenges ahead including population growth and transport, we also need our towns and villages to become ‘smart connected communities’ People in towns or small villages should have the same access to services as those living in a big city. Equally, it should make it possible for city dwellers to feel the same connection with their community and local government as residents of small towns and villages. Ideally, we need every city and community to become smart; to understand the opportunities and support development of infrastructure. This includes things like sharing ducting, using public buildings and lamp posts to position wireless transmitters, and support through the planning system. Read More »

SMART & FUTURE MOBILITY

Mobility underpins everything we do as individuals, people need to move around to secure basic human needs. It is one of the most intractable challenges faced by Scottish government but the adoption of smart solutions can help to improve efficiency of the system and redistribute demand across routes and time. Technologies and services like smart parking, smart ticketing, real time journey planner, command and control centre, bike and car sharing enable smarter mobility and they benefit travellers, service producers and urban planners. Read More »

CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN 2017-2032

Scotland is at the top of the European league table for emissions reductions and are leading the way to a Low Carbon Society. However, we know that the challenge remains an ambitious one and we need to continue looking for new opportunities to accelerate our society’s transition to a low carbon future. The Act sets a world leading target of at least 42% emissions reductions by 2020, compared to the equivalent UK target of 34%. And, unlike the UK Act, Scotland’s framework includes annual targets. Unlike the position in Wales, our targets also cover our whole economy and not just those areas where legislative power is devolved. To our knowledge, the Scottish Government is the only government that is held to account by its legislature in each and every year. Read More »

SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

Scotland began a 76 million-pound program of investment in low-carbon infrastructure such as heating for homes and transportation improvements. The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme is getting 33 million pounds from the European Regional Development Fund. The program will support startup projects through to demonstration facilities. The estimated market value of sales in Scotland’s low carbon and environmental goods and services sector in 2011 to 2012 was 10.1 billion pounds, with around 4,200 companies employing 78,000 people, Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, said in the statement. “This is forecast to grow by 30 percent to reach a value of 13.2 billion pounds by 2016 to 2017.” Read More »

FINANCE & FUNDING

As Scotland moves towards a low-carbon economy the public sector needs to lead by example. The budgetary rules governing capital expenditure vary across public sector organisations. However, most organisations will follow broadly similar principles in developing an investment/business case. Some public sector organisations, such as councils and universities are able to borrow; whereas others, such as NHS boards in Scotland find it more difficult. Read More »