Green projects get £ 10million boost for Scottish Enterprise

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Scottish Enterprise has announced that £ 10.7million has been approved for 43 green projects, representing a total capital investment of £ 61.6million.

More than 750 green jobs should be created and safeguarded by the projects.

The awards are presented through the agency’s Green Jobs Call, which is part of the Scottish government’s £ 100million Green Jobs Fund. Grants ranging from £ 50,000 to £ 500,000 were available through the call.

Companies that applied for funding had to demonstrate that they would create or preserve jobs directly related to the transition to net zero or minimize environmental impacts by developing sustainable, low-carbon products or services.

Adrian Gillespie, Managing Director of Scottish Enterprise, said: “This funding round shows our commitment to supporting Scotland’s transition to a greener and fairer economy, and to creating good green jobs.

“The wide range of projects highlights the increasingly innovative approaches taken by companies to meet the net zero call, whether it’s creating new products and services, or developing and adapting existing approaches to mitigate their environmental impact. “

Just Transition Minister Richard Lochhead said: ‘To ensure a truly just transition, we need to invest in our green industries now – creating and sustaining the green jobs that will be essential in helping Scotland become a nation net zero. In doing so, Scottish businesses have the opportunity to be at the forefront of this new green revolution.

“Helping businesses achieve a just transition will be a theme in this week’s budget and the £ 100million Green Jobs Fund is an integral part of that process.”

Grant recipients include Urban Foresight, a Dundee-based sustainable cities consultancy.

The company is investing £ 2.6million in expanding its advisory teams focused on electric vehicle charging, new mobility services, net zero economic development, digital infrastructure and local utilities, supported by a grant of £ 400,000.

Rachel Beeton, Director of Urban Foresight, said: “We are delighted to receive this support from Scottish Enterprise to develop our team in Dundee where we have established strong relationships with local authorities and other regional partners.

“The city is full of talent that we want to harness by creating jobs for graduates and experienced consultants. We are excited to grow and proud to strengthen local services and infrastructure across Scotland.

Scottish Enterprise defines green jobs as: jobs in companies that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources; and those in which workers’ tasks are to make their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or to use fewer natural resources.

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