Fife Leading Low Carbon Innovation

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 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. Click here to view the Levenmouth Community Energy Project Q&A leaflet.

Nurturing the low carbon economy

Fife Council was instrumental in ensuring the region became home to the 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, owned and operated by ORE Catapult – the world’s largest open access offshore wind turbine dedicated to research and training. Fife Council also supports the Hydrogen Office and Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, the wider Energy Park Fife project and the Levenmouth Business Park and is helping develop a second low carbon investment area at Westfield.

There are a number of major projects either planned or under construction in Fife, which have the potential to create up to 3300 green jobs by 2023.

Please browse through the information below for more information on Offshore Wind, Biomass and Wave & Tidal, or click here to access our renewables supplier directory.

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. Click here to view our new Low Carbon brochure.

Offshore Wind

We're perfectly placed to take advantage of developments in offshore wind power.

The development of the offshore wind industry – with an estimated total investment of more than £17bn around the UK up to 2014 – presents a range of opportunities for Fife-based companies.

Fife is located only 25 nautical miles from the closest of the proposed Scottish Territorial Waters and Round 3 phases of offshore wind development announced by the Crown Estate.

With approximately 1400 wind turbines due to be developed off the east coast of Scotland – and three developments in close proximity to the coast of Fife – Fife’s experienced supply chain companies are well placed to provide support to all phases of offshore wind development, from manufacturing and construction, through to operations and maintenance.

One excellent example is Burntisland Fabrications, which has evolved into one of the leading suppliers of support structures for offshore wind turbines in Europe by taking advantage of its prime location in Fife. Information about other suppliers can be found in the company directory.

Fife also offers a number of excellent sites which are suited to the offshore wind industry such as the Energy Park, which is ideally located for companies who manufacture components for the offshore wind industry.

To find out more about Fife's excellent supply chain capabilities view our online brochure here. You can also download a PDF copy of the brochure here.

To understand what expertise and potential sites Fife can offer for Offshore Renewables, download our Operations & Maintenance brochure.

To learn about the range of Quayside employment sites Fife has to offer, download our Infrastructure brochure.


Fife firms are already working to introduce biomass technology.

A number of companies with bases in Fife are undertaking biomass projects to reduce their carbon output and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. These projects are set to become national exemplars of best practice and create a number of highly skilled jobs in Fife.


International drinks company Diageo is building a pioneering £65m bio-energy plant at its Cameronbridge distillery and is aiming to become a truly sustainable company.

The facility is believed to be the largest single investment in renewable technology by a non-utility company in the UK and will create 20 new jobs. It will reduce annual CO2 emissions at the site by approximately 56,000 tonnes – equivalent to taking 44,000 family cars off the road.

The plant, which will consist of a biomass CHP system and an anaerobic digester, will provide approximately 90% of their energy needs.

Wave & Tidal

Fife is developing renewable energy solutions for on land, on water … and even under it.

Fife is in an ideal position to take advantage of one of Scotland's best natural resources – wave and tidal power.

Burntisland Fabrications is building a next-generation wave energy device for Aquamarine Power, an Edinburgh-based company. BiFab won the £4m contract and will build the Oyster 2 device at its Methil plant.

The Oyster project strengthens Fife’s position as a centre of excellence in the renewables sector. BiFab has more than 20 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry and has diversified and applied this extensive experience to the renewable energy sector.

The project is supported through grant funding from Scottish Enterprise and the Carbon Trust Marine Renewables Proving Fund.

Locating your Marine Renewable Energy Business in Fife brochure is available to view here.


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