Fiona Hyslop MSP spotlights West Lothian College and Bathgate Energy Company in Parliament

Fiona Hyslop MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency spoke in Parliament this week (Tuesday, 21st Sept) about the importance of skills and innovation in Scotland’s drive to become a Net Zero Nation. She praised West Lothian College’s proactive plans for the net zero future and the importance of innovation in renewable energy with companies like Bathgate based Invinity Energy Systems who are the UKs only vanadium battery storage manufacturing site supporting and storing renewable energy.

Speaking in the Scottish Government debate on a Net Zero Future, Fiona said;

“We must focus in-depth in each and every element of the climate change and bio-diversity crisis.

“I visited West Lothian College on Monday who are ready, willing and able to gear up at scale training for new building standards and retro-fitting skills in area of growing population, but we need the Government to ensure the Scottish Funding Council can be as equally agile in funding this scale up quickly.

“I also recently visited Invinity Energy Systems in Bathgate in my constituency which is the only UK producer of long-life vanadium storage batteries for renewables and are supplying the EMEC project in Eday in Orkney and providing storage capacity for a mass solar farm in Australia and is an alternative to lithium batteries which as many know has issues.

“It will take ambition and leadership to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions but also precision of policy and pace of delivery and I am confident that Scotland can do just that.”