Scotland wants to bring forward EPC target by a decade!

As Elmhurst reported 2 weeks ago Scotland set out its strategic goals for all homes and businesses over the next 20 years or so in the ‘Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map’ (see previous news item here).

One major headline was that by 2040 all Scottish homes will achieve an EPC rating of ‘C’ (where technically feasible and cost effective). With interim targets for social rented, and fuel poor households. Alexander Burnett the Aberdeenshire West MSP and the Conservatives Energy Spokesman claims that he has ‘cross party backing’ for the target to move to 2030.

Alexander Burnett, Aberdeenshire West MSP stated the following:

“The Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly called for the SNP’s energy efficiency target to be brought forward from the current date of 2040. We strongly believe we can achieve transformative change in energy efficiency across Scotland – with all properties achieving an EPC rating of ‘C’ or better by 2030".

He even went further...

“The Existing Homes Alliance has noted that if the SNP brought all homes up to an EPC band C by 2025, research suggests that it would support 6,400 jobs throughout Scotland, creating a boost for the economy as it would raise GVA by 0.27% on an annual basis.”

Stuart Fairlie, Technical Director at Elmhurst welcomes the news: “We at Elmhurst very much welcomed the ‘Route Map’ which gives a clear vision on what needs to occur across Scotland for homes and businesses. We also welcome these high level cross party discussions surrounding energy efficient targets, which shows their vital importance to Scotland. The Scottish Government has set out the agenda, and the more we all work together the more chance of having cleaner, cheaper and warmer homes/businesses in the future. We are delighted it is being discussed at the highest level."

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Article Published: 16th May 2018

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