The Scottish Government has awarded £9.4 million to help industries reduce emissions through energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects.
The recipients of the funding are predominantly involved in the manufacturing and food and drinks sectors, with projects including a more energy efficient dryer at a seaweed processing facility and several brewers and whisky distilleries cutting emissions that are created during energy-intensive manufacturing processes.
The projects have the potential to reduce emissions by 40,482 tonnes of CO2 a year – equivalent to the annual emissions from 17,000 households.
The companies that won funding include Whyte & Mackay, Brewdog, Diageo, INEOS and Uist Asco.
The funding has been provided through the second round of the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF), with up to £34 million to be made available through the lifetime of the five-year SIETF which runs until 2026.
An additional £160,000 has been made available for up to four engineering or feasibility studies into future projects that will aim to reduce emissions and increase efficiency within the sector.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Reducing emissions in our manufacturing sector will be a crucial step in ensuring Scotland reaches its net zero target by 2045.
“I am pleased that the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund continues to support companies across the sector to embrace decarbonisation, improve efficiency and reduce their impact on the environment.
“This week is Scotland’s Climate Week, which puts a renewed focus upon the ongoing climate emergency and our efforts to tackle it. And as households and businesses struggle with rising energy costs, it has never been more important to support industry to become more energy efficient.”
The third round of applications under the SIETF is now live and will remain open 18th November 2022.