Scotland is hot in low carbon heat - jump in and join us

To meet climate change targets, more than 26 million heat pumps need to be installed in the UK by 2050. In Scotland, 460,000 homes could be heated through renewable sources by 2030. This is a huge opportunity for Scotland’s low carbon heat sector.


Leading the world

Did you know?

  • By 2032 in Scotland, 35% of heat for domestic buildings and 70% of heat and cooling for non-domestic buildings must come from low carbon heat technologies
  • Scotland has committed £1.6 billion for investment in decarbonising heat and improving energy efficiency
  • This includes a £100 million Green Jobs Fund, to create jobs in the low carbon economy
  • There are more than 800 district and communal heating networks in Scotland, supplying more than 25,000 households. About another 100 networks supply commercial and public sector buildings


Scotland’s low carbon economy employs more than 23,000 people, with a turnover of more than £6 billion.  In low carbon heat, key sectors include heat pumps and heat networks.

Related sectors include engineering, manufacturing, renewable energy, construction, facilities management, software and ‘internet of things’ technologies – the world of connected devices.


More than 10,500 companies work in Scotland’s renewables and low carbon industry. They range from home-grown innovators to international players, and include:

  • Vattenfall - a Swedish multinational power company installing low carbon heat networks In Scotland and across Europe
  • ESCo – a new joint venture company formed by Vattenfall and Midlothian Council to deliver low carbon, green energy projects across the Midlothian Council area
  • Vital Energi – a provider of low carbon energy generation, energy distribution and energy management solutions across sectors 
  • ScottishPower – the energy supplier’s Zero Carbon Communities project is supporting the decarbonisation of cities including Glasgow, which needs heat pumps in an estimated 244,000 homes.
  • PassivSystems – a provider of smart technology for the energy and low carbon heat sectors.
  • Locogen – a consultancy and contractor in renewable energy technologies, including district heating, ground source and air source heat pumps
  • Kensa Group – a leading UK manufacturer and installer of ground source heat pumps
  • ITPEnergised – a consultancy that has advised more than 2,500 renewable energy and climate change projects in more than 150 countries.
  • Anglo Nordic – a major supplier of heating components
  • Renewable Heat - installers of renewable heating systems
  • Natural Power – green energy consultancy with operations across the UK, Ireland, France and the USA.
  • Ramboll – a Danish sustainable engineering and design consultancy with 300 offices in 35 countries
  • Rybka – a consultancy specialising in sustainable mechanical and electrical engineering design solutions
  • Scotland is a hub of legal expertise in the energy and low carbon sectors. Companies include Harper Macleod, Brodies, Burness Paull and Pinsent Masons.

Job types

The growth of the low carbon heat sector is creating new opportunities in the design, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of low carbon technology and systems. These include heat pump manufacturing, component manufacturing, the development of smart controls, metering and billing services, system assembly and innovations to integrate heat, electricity, buildings and mobility. Job roles range from engineers and environmental consultants to administrators and sales managers.

Academic excellence

Scotland has 19 world-class universities and produces 21,000 university graduates a year in IT, engineering, maths and sciences. Low carbon specialisms include sustainable engineering, geothermal energy and hydrogen storage. Scotland’s Energy Technology Partnership is the largest most broad-based energy research partnership in Europe, with 600 researchers across 13 universities. Seven further education colleges offer specialist training in the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, funded by SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund. Vocational apprenticeships designed for and by industry include plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

History of firsts

With a track record of invention and innovation, Scotland is a land of low carbon heat firsts: from Europe’s first housing estate district heating scheme in 1920, to the world’s only shallow mine geothermal research facility of its kind. Scotland also pioneered the first heat- from-wastewater scheme in the UK, offering solutions to both new build and the retrofit markets.

Energy expertise

Low carbon heat networks and projects in Scotland include:

Quality of life

Beyond the office, Scotland offers an award-winning quality of life that is rich in culture, history and natural beauty. Our assets include acres of green space, historic cities, world-renowned food and drink – and Scotland’s famous hospitality.

Come to Scotland and power up your career in low carbon heat.

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