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District heating for Scotland’s semi-rural areas

This project, for example, could create a district heating network across Fife- providing heat across the district from existing geothermal sources, including from water from the old Lumphinnans mine. The network would help provide clean heat to communities, reducing fuel poverty, and providing employment opportunities.

Additionality

Does this project add to existing infrastructure efforts

Green Significantly additional to existing efforts, where only pilot scale projects exist.

Prosperity

Does this project contribute to the prosperity of Scotland's people and businesses

Amber Potential for local employment of skilled labour in particular locations, supporting new developments.

Co-benefits

Does this project bring social benefits, beyond economic and environmental benefits

Green Tackling fuel poverty, improved energy security, potential to become exemplar project for technology exchange and replication.

Environment

Does this project further environmental goals in addition to carbon reduction

Amber No significant local environmental benefits beyond carbon reduction. Some environmental risks to manage with mine waters, although mine water management is now a very mature field.

Behaviours

Does this project help people take on low carbon behaviours

Amber Provides opportunity for residents and businesses to engage with energy efficiency and low carbon heating and pave the way for further engagement.

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