Energy systems are undergoing significant, and in some areas very rapid change. The changes are complex and contested, shaped by a combination of top-down policy drivers and bottom-up forces.

Key issues are:

  • decarbonisation, especially of heat; 
  • the drive for improved energy access and affordability;
  • the changing techno-economics of energy supply and demand; and
  • new patterns of ownership and use.

Understanding these changes, and their implications – and opportunities – for Scotland is a formidable challenge.

Scotland's first energy strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland:

Our projects for the energy strategy