Edinburgh International is located west of the city, around Edinburgh Airport. Ramboll Energy has made a comprehensive site-wide study of low and zero carbon infrastructure using geospatial, technical and economic modelling. We have proposed a range of options to enable our client to implement low carbon energy infrastructure and showcase cutting-edge techniques. The resulting sustainable developments are designed to reinforce Edinburgh’s position as Scotland's Global Hub for business.
Edinburgh International’s development strategy has four main infrastructure programmes — expansion of Edinburgh Airport, redevelopment of the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston as Scotland's national showground, development of the 85ha International Business Gateway and delivery of key transport, water, power and landscape projects.
Our suggested low and zero carbon technologies include a site-wide district heating/cooling network and on-site electricity generation from combined heat and power, offering substantial carbon reductions compared with the ‘business-as-usual’ scenario. We have examined opportunities for extending the heating network outside the site, and for additional power generation from wind, hydroelectric and solar sources.
Ramboll Energy has created a combined energy and finance model to simulate the likely demand/supply of heat and power over the life of the development, with the associated costs. Our review has covered mapping energy demand and resources, network proposals, technical options appraisal with lifecycle costing, identifying potential barriers to implementation, investigating financing options and energy services procurement. The study clearly describes the economic case and delivery vehicle to realise this project.
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 has set ambitious targets for achieving the transition to a low carbon economy. By 2020, projects like Edinburgh International should have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 42% and be obtaining 30% of their overall energy demand from renewable sources (including 11% of their heat). By 2050, greenhouse gas emissions need to have been cut by 80%.