Our priorities

Creating a competitive region - low carbon

Scotland’s ambitious 2020 targets on renewable energy, zero waste and decarbonising transport and heat require concerted activity from private, public and third sector partners to tackle climate change. 

HIE is supporting the region’s transition to a low carbon economy through a series of measures, including the development of the renewable energy sector, new clean technologies, innovation in infrastructure and utilities, and investments in digital technology which increase business performance while also reducing the need to travel, impacting on the carbon footprint of the region.

This provides an opportunity to transform resource use and stimulate the growth of a more circular and prosperous economy, so that waste as we know it is designed out of our economy, encouraging innovation in manufacturing, industry and retail.

Through account management, we will support businesses, social enterprises and communities to capitalise on low carbon opportunities in the environmental and clean technology sectors and encourage and support them to maximise efficiency and minimise waste. HIE is a partner in Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) a one stop service
where organisations can more easily receive accurate, relevant advice and support on energy and resource efficiency issues affecting their business.

As a partner in the National Water Innovation Service and the water strand of the Green Growth Action Plan we will ensure businesses have access to new opportunities and services.

HIE will continue to provide development sites and bespoke premises to support the growth of priority sectors. All developments will aim to meet the highest possible environmental and resource efficiency standards, with BREEAM ‘excellent’ ratings where achievable.


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