A Scottish renewables expert has highlighted the success of district heating networks after a visit to Estonia.
Adam Baxendine, of Savills Energy team in Perth, was invited to address the recent Baltic Energy Solutions Conference at the invitation of Enterprise Estonia.
While he was asked to highlight the success of Scotland in meeting sustainable electricity targets, he found there were important lessons to be learned from Estonia – an Independent nation state and EU member country half the size of Scotland, with a quarter of its population, and renewable targets.
He said: “Whilst Estonia’s renewable energy targets are less ambitious at 17.6% for electricity, compared to ours at 100%, their heat target is 37.4% compared to our 11%.
“Estonia has surpassed their less stringent green electricity target, of 17.6% with 28.6% now being generated. It is exporting electricity to neighbouring Lithuania in order to finance further renewable energy and energy efficiency investments and its progress and ambitions exceed that of many other European countries.
“Estonia’s heat ambitions are greater than our fairly meagre 11% Scotland. In fact, Scotland only achieved a 5% renewable heat last year.
“Much of the progress being made in Estonia has been due to successful district heating networks. We are only at the start of this journey but the potential in Scotland is enormous.
“The Scottish Government has set a heat targets of 1.5TWh to be achieved by 2020. In addition Estonia is making good progress on is heat target of 38.4% by 2020. It already produces 6.6TWh of heat through district heating schemes.”
29 Nov 2017