Big Plans for Scotland's 'Green Recovery'
Yesterday, Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon introduced the 'Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland' programme which established the high level actions that Scottish Government will be taking in the coming year and beyond.
Despite the immediate challenges presented by COVID-19, Scottish Government is still committed to reaching its goal of net zero by 2045 and this remains central to its new programme. According to the programme Scotland's economic recovery will be very much a green one with a proposed £100 million investment in a new Green Jobs Fund alongside a sustained approach for transforming the heat and energy efficiency in homes and buildings.
- Creation of a £100 million Green Jobs Fund investing alongside businesses to support new and increased opportunities for green job creation in Scotland
- £1.6 billion investment in transforming Scotland's buildings to ensure emissions from heating are eliminated by 2040 to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty
- Development of a new Fuel Poverty Strategy to be published in 2021
- Refresh of the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map alongside the updated Climate Change Plan, and draft Heat Policy Statement to set out a clear pathway towards zero emissions from heat in buildings (due in late 2020)
- Launch of a new scoping consultation in autumn 2020 on standards for new buildings requiring them to use renewable or zero emission heating from 2024
Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, is pleased to see that Scottish Government is once again focused on tackling the long term challenge of climate change and improving the energy performance of its buildings: "This new programme provides a positive route forward for Scotland, and looks set to hit the restart button in its efforts to get to net zero by 2045. It is good to see Scottish Government acknowledge that more action is required to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels in Scotland's homes and buildings, as well as the scale of the challenge (86% of all domestic homes and 50% of all non-domestic buildings use fossil fuels). This is something that we hope will be addressed in the various policy and route map documents which will be released later in the year. Moreover, we look forward to seeing the release of the long awaited consultation for new buildings, which follows almost a year after the release of the Future Homes Standards consultation in England and Part L and F consultation in Wales".
Full programme available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/protecting-scotland-renewing-scotland-governments-programme-scotland-2020-2021/pages/1/