Scotland’s new Programme for Government brings good news for Elmhurst members!

First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has laid out an ambitious climate programme in this year’s Programme for Government.

The measures follow the First Minister’s declaration of a Climate Emergency, earlier in the year, and will form part of ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change and securing a positive future for generations to come.

The proposals include some exciting news for energy assessors:

  • a ‘Green New Deal’, harnessing the power of the Scottish National Investment Bank and creating a £3 billion package of investments to attract green finance to Scotland
  • develop regulations so that new homes from 2024 must use renewable or low carbon heat
  • targeting a minimum of £30 million of support for renewable heat projects

The First Minister said: “This year’s Programme for Government is an important part of our response to the climate emergency, containing measures which will reduce emissions while supporting sustainable and inclusive growth.”

Elmhurst members will be interested to read the Programme for Government’s response to specific ‘tasks’ put forward by the recently established Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG):

Climate Emergency Response Group asks

Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2019-20 commitments

Enhance building standards to deliver zero-carbon homes and buildings

We will set new standards to reduce energy demand, and associated carbon emissions, within new buildings by 2021. In addition, we will require new homes consented from 2024 to use renewable or low carbon heat. For non-domestic buildings, our ambition is to phase in this approach from this date

Accelerate Scotland's energy retrofit scheme – to reach Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030 and zero-carbon by 2045 We will publish an updated position in our Energy Efficiency Route Map in December 2019 to accelerate the improvements of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings in our homes
Create a Scottish Heat Pump Sector Deal We will go wider than this with the Scottish Low Carbon Heat Funding Invitation targeting a minimum of £30 million of support for projects, including heat pumps, that demonstrate innovative and low carbon ways of heating buildings
Complete plans for how we generate the renewable electricity needed to reach net-zero Our next Energy Statement will set out the extent to which renewable and low carbon energy generation will need to combine in order to meet net zero, and we will monitor progress on an annual basis
Dedicate the Scottish National Investment Bank to delivering on the Climate Emergency

The primary mission of the Scottish National Investment Bank will be to ensure transition to net zero

OCDEA Support Team Leader Jason Hewins said: “Elmhurst welcomes the commitment from Scottish government to invest in energy efficiency over the coming years. We are pleased to see the EPC will be central to Scotland’s energy retrofit scheme and this is great news for our Scottish members. We look forward to receiving the consultation on changes to building standards in 2020 and will keep our members up to date with any developments as soon as they are announced.”

Article published 5th September 2019  



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