Drive you career to new highs - in Scotland's low carbon transport sector

From electric fire engines and taxis to hydrogen-powered buses and ferries; low emission aircraft and zero emission trains – Scotland is a world-leader in low carbon transport.


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.

World firsts

  • 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:

Job types

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.

Academic excellence

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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