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Report reveals greatest supply chain development opportunities for Scotland’s low carbon construction sector

March 1, 2023


A report published by the Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) has identified and analysed the five highest value and highest growth low carbon energy supply chains in Scotland.

The study focuses its analysis on the five highest growth and value supply chains. These are the supply chains that demand is likely to change most for in the future:  heat pumps; low carbon electricity generation and storage; sustainable insulation materials; heat storage; and mass timber systems and components.


The Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) has published a report analysing low carbon energy supply chains in Scotland. The study, carried out by Optimat on behalf of the CLF, maps the current capability within Scotland’s low carbon energy and heating supply chains, and identifies areas for potential growth and future value creation.

The report aims to identify where Scotland’s supply chain capabilities and most meaningful growth opportunities can be linked to government policy, low carbon solutions, sustainability, and the reshoring of manufacturing.

The findings from the report will help industry, Scottish Government, and other government agencies, to maximise the opportunities for developing high-value, high-growth low carbon energy supply chains in Scotland. Enabling the growth and success of these supply chains will be key to ensuring Scotland reaches and sustains its target to reach net zero carbon by 2045.

It also identifies opportunities to strengthen supply chains and create new opportunities for growth.  


Ivan McKee, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, and CLF Chair said:


“In Scotland we are fortunate to possess the assets and resources we need for a just transition to a net zero carbon society. Our challenge is to support industry in identifying and embracing these opportunities.’’

“This study helps identify significant prospects in our low carbon supply chains that can benefit Scotland both economically and environmentally. I encourage sector leaders to embrace these opportunities and invest in our low carbon future.”


Fiona MacDonald, Impact Manager at Built Environment - Smarter Transformation, said:


“The CLF Supply Chain Report is an important piece of work that will underpin future investment in and growth of the construction sector. It not only highlights the extent of the challenge Scotland’s net zero target presents, but also the scale of opportunity that it brings to our sector.”

“We need to come together to collaborate, innovate and develop these low carbon energy supply chains to make sure that we have what we need as a society and an economy to thrive in a net zero future.”


For more information, read the full report here.


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Paula Campbell, BE-ST – Media and Communications Officer: 07714 285 202 or



Notes to editors

The Construction Leadership Forum (CLF), established in 2019, is a collaborative initiative between the construction sector and the Scottish Government. The CLF is chaired by the Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise. In 2020, it worked to develop and implement a Recovery Plan comprised of initiatives aligned with Scottish Government policies and the Construction Scotland Industry Strategy.

The work undertaken by the Forum through the Recovery Plan supported the construction industry in Scotland through restart and into recovery after the impacts of COVID-19.

As the sector’s recovery becomes established the focus is turning to transforming the sector into the diverse, profitable, sustainable, and successful industry Scotland needs.

The Construction Accord launched on 12 October 2022 – as a shared vision for the industry and the public sector, it includes key principles such as fair work, diversity and inclusion.

Developed by the CLF, it seeks to improve outcomes for the businesses and workforce which make up the construction and associated industries and from the industry for its clients, the economy, wider society and the environment.

The Accord aligns with the priorities set by National Strategy for Economic Transformation(NSET) to maximise the opportunities of the next decade and achieve Scottish Government’s vision of a wellbeing economy.


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