Low carbon

Fife has a strong and growing profile of low carbon sector businesses, a range of site development locations, world-class training and research facilities, and a local authority committed to supporting innovation in carbon reduction.

A living heritage of engineering and energy expertise

Fife’s history in energy began with its coalfields and grew through decades of service to the North Sea Oil and Gas industry. Today, our clusters of engineering and energy service businesses look to the future as Fife cements its position as a leading UK hub for the development of dynamic low carbon industries, from marine and offshore renewables, to low carbon heat, transport and energy storage technologies.

Committed to a low carbon future

Fife Council currently invests over £3 million annually in energy reduction and its energy programme includes installing biomass boilers, solar thermal heating systems, small wind turbines in schools and through the upgrading of streetlighting.

Low carbon firsts

Fife Council operates the UK’s first and Europe’s largest Dry Anaerobic Digester. This £15.5 million facility processes 43,000 tonnes of domestic organic waste annually to produce biogas for on-site electricity and heat generation and high-quality compost for horticulture.

This project builds upon our Landfill Gas to Energy and District Heating System. Operational since 2006, it generates green electricity and heats 230 flats, 5 public buildings and a Tesco store. Fife Council also operates two locally built, hydrogen and diesel dual-fuelled Refuse Collection

Vehicles – a world first project – as a key partner in the Levenmouth Community Energy project which has a total fleet of 17 hydrogen vehicles.

Success stories