A new $7.3 Million USD district heating project in Stirling, Scotland, will provide low-cost, low-carbon heat from the city’s sewage. The project will save about 381 tons of carbon each year or about the equivalent of driving a car 1.5 million miles, and is part of Stirling’s ambition to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city.
In 2018, the Scottish Parliament approved the Climate Change Bill, following First Minister (FM) Nicola Sturgeon's declaration of a global climate emergency. The country's government has set a net-zero emissions target for 2045, with a 70 percent reduction by 2030 and a 90 percent reduction by 2040. Previously, in 2013, the Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 placed a proactive duty on Scottish Government Ministers to "take such reasonable steps as they consider appropriate for the purpose of ensuring the development of the value of Scotland's water resources", developing economic and non-economic value of the country’s water resources in a sustainable way.