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Associate feature: Decarbonising Scotland

Associate feature: Decarbonising Scotland

Salix were delighted to sponsor the Decarbonising Scotland event on 26th January 2021, as part of the climate emergency series.

I contributed to the discussion on low-carbon heat but also learnt from the other speakers about the steps being taken to tackle decarbonisation.

In September 2020, Salix’s Chief Executive Annie Shepperd spoke to the ‘Politically Speaking’ podcast about the role energy efficiency plays in a green recovery and reduction of carbon emissions in Scotland.

‘Decarbonising Scotland’ showcased more examples of what a green recovery and low-carbon future can look like.

My presentation on decarbonising our heating systems brought to life the business case of a project focused on lowering emissions from heating our buildings.

This addressed the heat source, switching to a low-carbon alternative such as a heat pump, followed by steps to ensure heat is used more efficiently.

For example, measures such as insulation and window glazing prevent heat loss and installing building management systems ensure heat is controlled efficiently.

The Salix compliance tool calculates the estimated carbon and financial savings that could be realised from such measures.

Our understanding of the outcomes of a project, in terms of money saved and carbon emissions reduced, helps our client partners and their communities appreciate the co-benefits of ‘investto-save’ projects.

‘A green and just recovery’ and ‘Wellbeing Economy’ were terms that resonated with me during the Decarbonising Scotland event.

Considering the project above, the rhetoric is turned into something real.

The jobs created and skills gained through the fitting of heat pumps will boost the economy whilst providing purpose to employees, a key facet of wellbeing.

While the financial and carbon statistics support the business case, translating these into the benefits for the wellbeing of the community is the first step on the way to a low-carbon and fairer future.

Heather Jones is programme manager for Scotland at Salix Finance.

This article was sponsored by Salix Finance. 

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