Scottish Government

The devolved government for Scotland is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs, and transport. The Scottish Government was known as the Scottish Executive when it was established in 1999 following the first elections to the Scottish Parliament. The current administration was formed after elections in May 2011.

The Scottish Government's Purpose is to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. The transition to a low carbon economy is a strategic priority within the Scottish Government’s refreshed Economic Strategy (November 2011). In the Low Carbon Economic Strategy for Scotland the Scottish Government committed to:

  • Supporting the right innovative low carbon technologies
  • Funding technological innovation by developing the key technologies for demonstration through refocusing and reprioritising innovation support

The Scottish Government works with a variety of organisations to establish new technology hubs and alliances to act as focal points for low carbon innovation in the Energy sector. These include the Energy Technology Partnership, the Scottish Funding Council, Enterprise Agencies, the Scottish European Green Energy Centre and European Structural Funds. These initiatives link to EU and UK funding programmes and attract overseas R&D investment. We also support low carbon innovation through direct funding to the Energy Technology Partnership and Scottish Enterprise.