Aligning Government Policy on Transport and Energy

Informing Scotland's Integrated Energy Strategy


What is the impact of electric vehicles on Scotland's future energy policy?

Urban Foresight was tasked to review the opportunities to align the Scottish Government’s policies and priorities related to transport and energy.

The study specifically focused on the Scottish Government’s twin ambitions of encouraging widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles and developing a secure, sustainable and affordable electricity grid.

This recognised the potential for electric vehicles to make energy systems smarter and more efficient, as well as the importance of ensuring that the grid evolves to support increasing numbers of electric vehicles on the road.

The study was informed by comprehensive desk research and two stakeholder workshops which brought together experts from the electric vehicles and energy sectors. This provided insights for Transport Scotland’s ongoing work to implement its EV roadmap, as well as an overarching energy strategy being developed by the Scottish Government.

The following areas were examined, detailing the key players and processes involved and the important issues for consideration:

  • Electricity distribution systems and smart grids
  • Demand management
  • Energy storage and supporting high renewable grids
  • Electrical infrastructure
  • Vehicle-to-X applications
  • Energy markets

Sector Expertise

Bottom-up understanding of the needs and motivations of citizens, as well as engaging with communities to inspire positive actions and behaviours 

How new technologies and business models are transforming the way people and goods are transported to create better connected, healthier and more sustainable cities 

Maximising the opportunities for employment and wealth creation and helping to establish the necessary governance, policy and capital funding to make this possible 

What We Delivered

Defining commercial opportunities and the underlying economic impacts of a project 

Professional engagement with relevant stakeholders and experts to uncover key insights and identify shared priorities 

Defining key stakeholders, determining their priorities and defining their relationship to a client or project 

We reimagine services in order to create new economic value and meet customer needs in new ways.