Outside shot of Lorreto School

Loretto School

Scotland’s oldest independent boarding school has reliable low carbon heat all wrapped up

Key Facts


biomass systems installed

450 kW



managed system


quality fuel

  • Commercial Decarbonisation

Loretto School near Edinburgh has significantly cut carbon emissions and increased energy efficiency, thanks to a new biomass boiler installation

AMP designed and installed two biomass heating systems at the Scottish boarding school. The solution involved replacing outdated oil boilers with 450kW of biomass capacity serving three accommodation buildings. The school also benefits from an ongoing Service and Maintenance contract, taking the strain of operating the boiler away from the school and putting it in the hands of a team of biomass experts.

The Vision

The Loretto School were looking to increase their energy efficiency but also significantly cut their carbon emissions. They needed a solution that continued to serve the three accommodation buildings.

They looked to AMP as experts in delivering low carbon solutions.

The Solution

The school now has two biomass boilers which receive a major service once a year, as well as a biannual service to check everything is running smoothly. Being on a service and maintenance contract also provides the school access to a 24-hour call-out as well as telephone support. The School also receives its fuel supply from AMP ensuring the boilers are regularly fuelled with sustainable, quality biomass fuel.

“To invest in biomass heating at our school was a big decision for the Board. They drew a lot of confidence from having a team of experts project manage the whole business. The service and maintenance contract has worked very well for us and we’ve had no issues which have not been dealt with in a timely fashion. We also really like the fact that if we have an emergency call-out in the middle of the night it is going to be dealt with in a swift timeframe.”

Stephen Howard, Bursar at Loretto School