Scotland sets a 20 year plan for energy efficiency in buildings

In a policy document called ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’ the Scottish Government have clearly set a 20 year plan to improve the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of homes and businesses in Scotland.

The two ministers Kevin Stewart and Paul Wheelhouse in their foreword state “Over the next period to 2040, we will transform Scotland’s buildings to be warmer, greener and more efficient. Doing so will have substantial economic, social and health benefits, and this route map sets out how the Energy Efficient Scotland Programme will achieve that ambition.”

The vision of Scotland is:

  • Removing poor energy efficiency as a driver for fuel poverty.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through more energy efficient buildings and decarbonising our heat supply. (emissions from all buildings will need to be near zero by 2050)

The headlines:

  • By 2040 all Scottish homes achieve an EPC C (where technically feasible and cost effective).
  • Maximise the number of social rented homes achieving EPC B by 2032.
  • Private rented homes to EPC E by 2022, to EPC D by 2025, and to EPC C by 2030 (where technically feasible and cost effective). 
  • All owner occupied homes to reach EPC C by 2040 (where technically feasible and cost effective).
  • All homes with households in fuel poverty to reach EPC C by 2030 and EPC B by 2040 (where technically feasible and cost effective).
  • Our non-domestic buildings will be assessed and improved to the extent this is technically feasible and cost effective by 2040.

The Scottish Government have also issued a consultation on the detail for delivering this strategy. Elmhurst as always will thoroughly digest the detail, and involve our professional membership in order to professionally respond with our extensive insight.

Stuart Fairlie - Technical Director of Elmhurst: “Scotland has always trail blazed with energy efficiency targets and this route map is a medium to a long term plan which gives great confidence to see action in this vital area. We welcome this and also the parallel consultation. This certainly clears up the question of the targets for private landlords in Scotland, but also gives much clearer detail on the goals for all homes and businesses in Scotland. We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with Scottish Government in supporting the goal of families and businesses living and working in greener, warmer and cheaper to run properties.”

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Deadline 27th July 2018 

Article Published: 5th May 2018

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