Updated Sep 3, 2020

Scottish Government announces low carbon and green jobs funding

£1.4 billion has been promised by the Scottish Government to fund low carbon projects and a further £100 million in funding announced for a Green Jobs fund as part of Scotland's plan for a green recovery.

Funding will be given to heat and energy efficiency projects as well as in decarbonisation of industry.

The investment seeks to ensure Scotland reaches its target of a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and support its transition to a net zero economy. It is also anticipated that investment in such projects will provide around 100,000 jobs over the next decade.

Alongside the funding the Scottish Government will layout a 20 year vision for zero carbon, energy efficient housing that includes plans on access to transport links, outdoor space, digital connectivity and community services.

All of these measures form part of Scotland's 2020 programme for Government which focused on suppressing the spread of the coronavirus and enabling a green recovery from the pandemic.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon commented: ''The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing, on business and the economy – indeed, on our whole way of life. That is true here in Scotland and across the globe. Today's Programme is clear that suppressing COVID is our most immediate priority – and it will remain so for some time. However, it also makes clear that we will not simply hunker down and wait for the storm to pass.''

''This Programme for Government sets out plans for a stronger, more resilient and sustainable economy – with a laser focus on creating new, good, green jobs. It guarantees opportunities for young people – and refuses to accept that their generation will carry the economic scars of COVID into adulthood. We must treat the COVID-19 challenge not as a brake on our ambitions but as an accelerant – helping us shape a stronger, greener, fairer future.''