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Report 6 October 2014

Renewable heat in Scotland, 2013

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Please note that this page contains information and links most relevant for people living in Scotland.


The Scottish Government has set a target for 11% of non-electrical heat demand in Scotland to be met from renewable sources by 2020.

In order to help measure progress towards this target Energy Saving Trust maintains a database of renewable heat installations (referred to as the Renewable Heat Database or dataset throughout this report) on behalf of the Scottish Government. The database records installations known to be operating and those currently in various stages of development. It contains data on the capacity and yearly heat output of those installations and is updated annually.

The database has now been updated with new information on heat generated from renewable sources during the 2013 calendar year.

For any questions or comments relating to the Renewable Heat Database or accompanying analysis and report please contact [email protected].

Summary of key findings

We estimate that:

  • in 2013, 0.662 GW of renewable heat capacity was operational in Scotland, producing an estimated 2,904 GWh of useful renewable heat
  • this represents an 18% increase of 0.101 GW (101 MW) of capacity from 0.561 MW in 2012, and a 17% increase (423 GWh) of heat generated from renewable sources compared to 2,481 GWh in 2012


A new report has since been published in this series. As much of the data used to report on Renewable Heat in Scotland is reviewed and updated on an annual basis, there may be differences in the figures reported here and in the latest report. Please see the 2019 report for the most up to date information.

Last updated: 19 November 2020