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Carbon Emissions: Scotland

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the £400 million to be invested in low-carbon technologies will be allocated to projects and initiatives in Scotland in the period 2008 to 2011. (229989)

The UK Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF) has a budget of £400 million on the 2008-11 spending round. The capital funding will generally be allocated to the best proposals on an open call basis, so the exact proportion that is invested in Scotland will depend on the nature of applications which are received.

Many, although not all, ETF schemes are open to Scottish applicants, including the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund, the Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies Demonstration Programme, the Biomass Capital Grants Scheme, and the Offshore Wind Capital Grants scheme.

For areas of ETF activity where responsibility is devolved, which includes bio-energy, anaerobic digestion, and Energy Saving Trust and Carbon Trust activities, schemes are restricted to activities in England. The Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust have separate funding arrangements with devolved Administrations.