Councillors updated on district heating plans

Councillors heard today (Tuesday) how Midlothian Council is progressing plans to decarbonise all its buildings and set up district heating zones. 

Helping meet greenhouse gas targets

The actions outlined in the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) discussed at the full Council meeting, will help meet Scotland’s statutory greenhouse gas targets to reach Net Zero emissions by 2045. The target also includes, as far as reasonably possible, eliminating fuel poverty for Scottish households by 2040. 

Summer campaign

Projects in Midlothian will include a campaign from this summer to make sure tenants and homeowners are aware of funding and support available to make their homes energy efficient.

Midlothian Energy Ltd

The council will also work with Midlothian Energy Ltd (MEL), a joint venture between the council and Vattenfall Heat UK (part of Swedish energy company Vattenfall AB). 

Low-carbon heat

MEL is delivering £22 million of initiatives over five years, including its flagship programme to supply low-carbon heat to over 10,000 households, education and retail properties in the new town of Shawfair. This initial supply of heat is expected to be delivered to homes in coming months. 

Heat network opportunities

MEL will also be working with the council’s Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Team to identify heat network opportunity zones in Midlothian.

Climate Change emergency

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Dianne Alexander, said: “Having declared a Climate Change emergency back in 2019, we’re committed to meeting our Net Zero targets.

Bringing local jobs and benefits

“It’s vital, therefore, we act now to make Midlothian’s homes and buildings as green as possible while keeping jobs and revenue from heat decarbonisation projects within the Midlothian economy.” 

7 May 2024