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

Green Lithium secures £631,000 grant from Automotive Transformation Fund

Green Lithium, the mineral processing company, has secured a £631,000 grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Automotive Transformation Fund Feasibility Studies (ATF FS2) to support its plans to build and operate Europe’s first large-scale lithium refinery, located in the UK.

NnG, Saipem and InfraStrata announce major contract for Harland & Wolff creating around 290 jobs

Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Limited (jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB), its tier one service provider, Saipem, and InfraStrata, owner of Harland & Wolff, jointly announce that a contract has been signed for Harland & Wolff to carry out the fabrication and load-out of eight of the project’s wind turbine generator (WTG) foundation jackets.

Harland & Wolff to Host Virtual Careers Day for Newly Acquired Scottish Based Site

Following the recent acquisition of two Scottish based sites, Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to be hosting its first Scottish Careers Open Day.

10 Green Distilleries Hydrogen Feasibility Studies Announced.

InchDairnie Distillery will focus on the potential to use hydrogen at the distillery to significantly decarbonise the process heat required.

SGN has received the go-ahead to build their world-first hydrogen heating network

SGN has received the go-ahead to build a world-first hydrogen heating network at Methil in Scotland.


The Hydrogen Accelerator, a new initiative led by the University of St Andrews and supported by the University of Strathclyde, is seeking businesses to get involved in its inaugural project – to create the UK’s first hydrogen-fuelled train.

Decommissioning firm to open in Fife

A new oil infrastructure decommissioning facility at Energy Park Fife, Methil, is on track to open later this year.

H100 Fife

H100 Fife is a national research project led by SGN that aims to deliver a 100% Hydrogen gas network.

Glenrothes Energy Network

Glenrothes Energy Network delivers low carbon heat from RWE’s biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Markinch, to a range of buildings in Glenrothes town centre. The heat is transported through a network of underground pipes.

Cowdenbeath’s AJS Production at work on two renewable energy projects

Cowdenbeath-based fabricator, AJS Production, has reopened to complete two significant projects for clients in the renewable energy sector.

Ductform hfe completes marine project

Glenrothes-basedDuctform HFE has just completed a significant marine project to rectify damageto an oil rig off the North East coast of Scotland.

H100 Fife

H100 Fife is SGN’s pioneering plan for a world-first greenhydrogen heating network.