For a small country, we have big ambitions- zero emission railways by 2035, vehicle emission-free city centres by 2030 and plans to phase out the need to buy petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.
At a time of significant industrial change, Scotland is showing global leadership in the transition to a low carbon economy, making it the ideal place for your career to take off.
- The world’s first net zero aviation region is in the highlands and islands of Scotland and by 2040, all internal flights will be zero carbon.
- The world’s first electric fire engine was designed and built in Scotland.
- The world’s largest fleet of hydrogen buses is located in Aberdeen and has already delivered over 1 million passenger miles.
- The world's first hydrogen-fuelled seagoing car and passenger ferry, HySeas III, is in the final stages of development and will be launched in Orkney.
- The world’s first passenger-carrying autonomous bus will be the CAVForth Project over the Forth Road Bridge.
Scotland’s low carbon economy employs more than 23,000 people, with a turnover of more than £6 billion. In low carbon transport, Scotland has key areas of expertise in batteries and energy storage; low carbon heavy duty vehicles; greener railways and hydrogen powered vehicles. Related sectors include advanced engineering, manufacturing, renewable energy, automotive, aerospace, software and IT, infrastructure and public services.
A diverse range of employers from start-ups to multinationals work in Scotland’s low carbon sector across the public and private sectors. They include:
- Alexander Dennis – Britain's biggest bus builder and a pioneer in zero emission buses
- Emergency One – creators of the world's first electric fire engine
- Arcola Energy –leading the project to deliver Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train
- Arup, a global engineering consultancy, risk management specialist Abbott Risk Consulting and AEGIS Certification Services, which provides independent assessment and certification services, are also part of this consortium.
- Celtic Renewables – developers of a biofuel made from whisky residues that is now powering cars
- Forev – developing and building a network of public charging-points for electric vehicles across Scotland
- Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) – leading a £3.7 million project to create the UK’s first low-carbon aviation test centre at Kirkwall Airport in the Orkney Islands. Technology partners include Ampaire, ZeroAvia, Loganair, Windracers and Flarebright.
- Jacobs – the engineering group has played a leading role in delivering some of Scotland’s largest infrastructure projects, including the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge, the Queensferry Crossing.
- AECOM – the infrastructure consultancy was involved in the Queensferry Crossing and Borders Railway and, alongside Jacobs, is working on a review of sustainable transport in Scotland.
- ScottishPower – the major energy supplier also sells and leases electric vehicles and is developing a network of public charging points.
- Transport Scotland – the national transport agency for Scotland leads on national infrastructure projects including the electrification of Scotland’s railways.
The variety of job types in low carbon transport is vast. They range from electrical engineering and digital design to active travel and software development. There are roles in planning, health and safety, finance, IT, marketing and customer services – alongside engineering roles in mechanical, structural, civil engineering and other areas.
Scotland’s universities are centres of research excellence in areas including transport policy, logistics, fuel cells, batteries and ultra low emission vehicles. Sixteen of Scotland’s colleges also provide automotive training, including hybrid and electric vehicle courses, as part of their training programmes. Key hubs include:
Supportive business environment
Scotland is home to many ambitious low carbon transport projects and is supported by a highly connected public, private and academic environment:
Quality of Life
Scotland’s rich outdoor wilderness, including mountains, coasts and islands, contribute to our award-winning quality of life, as well as creating the ideal ‘living lab’ to test and scale low carbon technology. Our cities and regions are diversity hubs of history, culture and innovation.
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