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Challenge / Goal

In 2018 the Scottish Government proposed increasing Scotland's carbon emissions reduction target from 80% reduction by 2050 to a 90% reduction by 2050. In Aberdeen, 59% of emissions come from buildings and a large proportion of these emissions are from energt used to heat our homes and businesses. Developing district heating networks and other low- carbon heat solutions, and installing energy efficiency measures, will help to achieve these targets and reduce carbon emissions. Aberdeen City Council is a project partner in the delivery of the Interreg HeatNet NWE, a European funded project, which aims to increase the provision of district heating networks and affordable warmth within North West European countries. 


As part of the HeatNet North West Europe Interreg project, Aberdeen City Council is completing a pilot project in Torry. An existing district heating network within this area currently serves three multi-storey blocks. The pilot will expand this existing network, linking in three municipal buildings.  In 2002 Aberdeen City Council formed a separate not for profit company to provide combined heat and power (CHP) schemes in Aberdeen. Carbon emissions from these buildings have reduced by 45% and typical fuel costs to tenants have been reduced by up to 50% over the previous electric heating systems. Potential future plans include expansion of the heat network, initally within the Torry area and eventually to cross the River Dee to link-up with the other district heating networks in Aberdeen. 


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Time period

Planning time: 6 months to 1 year

Implementation time: 1 to 2 years


Aberdeen City CouncilAberdeen Heat & Power

Service providers

Aberdeen City Council

End users


    Main benefits

  • Reducing GHG emissions

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