By Lauren Crooks
A pioneering system taking water from the Clyde to create green heat energy has been officially
opened as Scotland gears up to host COP26.
West Dunbartonshire Energy Centre is home to the first large-scale heat pump of its kind in
Scotland, transforming the way heat is provided to homes, businesses and public buildings.
At full build, the system will deliver circa 2000 tonnes of carbon reduction from the environment
per year, and is contributing to making Clydebank one of the greenest areas in Scotland.
The £20million project, located within waterside development Queens Quay in the town, was
opened as world leaders get set to arrive in Glasgow next month for the United Nations Climate
Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development,
said: “I am extremely proud to officially open the West Dunbartonshire Energy Centre.
This ambitious project has been many years in the making and it’s a pleasure to see the system up
and running, providing low-carbon heat energy to so many buildings already, and with the
capability of expansion throughout Clydebank.
“As the world turns its eyes to the West of Scotland for COP26, and we work to agree action to
try and halt the climate emergency, we are determined to do our part. This system, alongside a
number of other steps taken by the Council, will help us achieve our goal to be net zero by 2045
and lead the way in tackling the climate emergency.”
The system will be showcased to delegates at COP26 in an exhibit at the event’s Green Zone in
Glasgow Science Centre, highlighting work being undertaken to achieve net zero targets.
The ambitious project to create a state of the art Energy Centre and lay 5km of below-ground
pipework at the former John Brown Shipyard was completed last December on behalf of West
In the initial phase of switch on, heat is being supplied to Council offices at Aurora House, the
Titan Enterprise Centre, Clydebank Leisure Centre and the new care home at the site, Queens
Pipe work is also in place to supply the forthcoming Clydebank Health Centre, West College
Scotland, over 140 flats and retail units currently on site, all other homes planned for the site as
well as Clydebank Library and Clydebank Town Hall.