UK: Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Star Refrigeration today to launch a £6m fund to support the low carbon capabilities of SMEs.
The Low Carbon Challenge Fund will be administered by Scottish Enterprise and open to public, third sector and academic institutions working to create opportunities to advance the low carbon capabilities of SMEs within Scotland.
Speaking at Star Refrigeration’s Glasgow factory and headquarters, Sturgeon described the fund as “another step towards our target of ending Scotland’s contribution to global climate change by 2045”.
Star Refrigeration has been at the forefront of renewable technology in the UK, developing its own water-source heat pump through its subsidiary Star Renewable Energy. Dave Pearson, director of Star Renewable Energy recently won a Champion of Renewables award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards and is currently involved in a water-source heat pump project at Queens Quay in Clydebank.
“Star Refrigeration is a great example of how tackling climate change can also be good for jobs and business,” commented Nicola Sturgeon. “As we prepare to host the UN Climate Change Summit – COP26 – in Glasgow in November, it is fitting that Scottish companies are providing practical solutions to the environmental issues our world faces.”