Fife Council BIG 8 Priorities
Fife Council has eight priorities that we are setting out to achieve. Two of the Big 8 priorities are pertinent to the climate change agenda.
By 2011 we will have:
- Made Fife the leading green Council in Scotland
- Improved local conditions for economic development
Fife Council is aiming to become the leading green council in Scotland. We plan to achieve this by reducing our own emissions and through the work we do to encourage businesses in Fife to become more energy efficient.
Our vision for Fife in 2020:
Fife will be ‘A Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy’
- 20% of electricity from renewable sources
- 42% reduction in carbon emissions
- 2,000 new green jobs created
- £500m+ investment in renewable energy
By 2013 Fife could generate more Renewable Electricity than total Domestic demand.
Some of our achievements to date are:
Landfill Gas Projects
As well as saving energy Fife Council is also creating it. Two landfill gas sites have been capped to stop methane from escaping. The methane is used to generate electricity.
- Harnessing of methane gas at two sites – Dunfermline & Ladybank
- Total generation of 3.5MW of electricity
- Methane 21 times more potent than CO2
- Thermal output to heat 213 nearby homes
- Both projects operated by third party – Council expecting a royalty income from both projects
One of the power plants also provides heat to over 200 homes and 7 public buildings in Dunfermline (pictured). This is the only facility of its type in Scotland, placing Fife Council at the leading edge of energy recovery from waste. The power plants are operated on the council’s behalf by its partner ENERG Natural Power. The heat utilisation was the brainchild of Bill Dewar from the council’s Energy Management Division, who project managed the developments and secured grant funding for the heat network infrastructure.
Fife has achieved record recycling performance. Over 111,000 tonnes of waste, equivalent to 45% of the amount collected was either recycled or composted by the authority. In the UK only the City of Birmingham recycles and composts more of the waste it collects than Fife. This recycling performance avoided the release of nearly 90,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2009/10.
The council intends to build on this success by increasing recycling and composting performance to 60% within 4 years, reducing emissions by an estimated 30,000 tonnes in the process.
Engaging with Business
Green Business Fife
Green Business Fife helps local businesses achieve resource efficiency gains which will boost their competitiveness and minimise their environmental impact.
By becoming a member of Green Business Fife, companies benefit from:
- A clear point of access to all related support
- Increased market opportunities and competitive advantage
- A stronger more coordinated business voice
- An opportunity to influence future business support
- The chance to network and share best practice
- Cost savings from reduced waste & energy use
- Assistance towards meeting customer requirements for environmental performance
Tullis Russell Paper Mill Biomass system
Markinch-based paper manufacturers Tullis Russell are currently installing a Combined Heat and Power system. RWE NPower will run and operate the facility, which will generate enough electricity to power a city the size of Dundee. Rising energy costs were threatening Tullis Russell’s viability, having increased from £6m pa to £18m pa.
A total of 396,000 tonnes of CO2 will be reduced with this new£200m+ plant and 30 new jobs will be created with the current 540 jobs at Tullis Russell being safeguarded.
Council staff have been heavily engaged in supporting this project for the past 4 years including:
- Influencing assisted area boundaries to ensure Tullis Russell remains eligible for Regional Selective Assistance
- Supporting community engagement around the development
- Engaging with local land owners re: source of fuel from forestry or energy crops
- Teams processing planning application and advising on environmental impact and transport implications
- Supporting development of surplus assets in the company’s ownership to help fund the facility.
A district heating scheme is proposed which is now proceeding to second phase feasibility with Fife Council and Carbon Trust.
Fife Economic Strategy 2009-2020
The Fife Economic Strategy 2009-2020 prepared by the Fife Economy Partnership, outlines a new direction for the Fife economy – one that integrates sustainability, promotes inclusion and generates strong and stable economic prosperity.
This Strategy will deliver the Fife Economy Partnership’s vision of Fife in 2020 as:
The easiest place to do business – where a flexible business infrastructure and responsive services for new and growing businesses ensure that Fife is the location of choice for business investment from any industry sector.
A centre of excellence for renewable energy – Fife’s strengths in providing an excellent business environment for renewable energy manufacturing, research and services have led to the region becoming a leader in renewable energy.
Growing Fife’s Future – the Renewable Energy Opportunity
The various projects covered in this report will make a significant contribution to Fife’s attempt to exceed the ambitious targets set by government. Fife can also capture a significant number of the new jobs that will be created by Renewable or Low Carbon projects and this will place Fife at the centre of Scotland’s drive towards a low carbon economy.
Supplementary Planning Guidance for Renewable Energy
This guidance is an introduction to what we would look for if someone wanted to develop renewable energy projects in Fife. It’s a guide to, but doesn’t replace, our detailed planning policies. It summarises national and local planning policies and guidelines.
It sets out:
- What renewable energy means;
- How national and local policies affect renewable energy projects;
- How we deal with planning applications; and
- The main types of renewable energy technology.