What is the low carbon future for off gas Scottish Buildings?

The Scottish Government have recently announced a call for evidence on ‘The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings’. It is seeking evidence on the technologies and the actions necessary to support the decarbonisation of the heat supply of buildings that currently do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

Elmhurst have spent time analysing this call for evidence and have created a draft response on behalf of our members. 

Low Carbon Heat – Call for evidence:

Scotland’s transition to a more prosperous, low carbon economy is already well underway. Decarbonising the way we heat our buildings is a fundamental part of this transition and important if we are to achieve our climate change targets and ambition for all Scotland’s buildings to be near zero carbon by 2050. The call for evidence is divided into three parts: the existing market for low carbon heat, including barriers to uptake; the various technologies that may have a role to play; and the role of the government in supporting the decarbonisation of the heat supply.

Elmhurst’s Technical and Operation Director, Stuart Fairlie states:

“Elmhurst’s main suggestions are that Scottish Government need to create a quality framework to ensure that the right measure(s) are placed in the right homes/buildings for the right occupants. More focus should also be given to reducing the ‘demand’ of energy in the first instance.

The principal constraint is that homes and buildings are often not understood in the first place. Any good management theory tells us, if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. The building must first be understood, and then the aim should be to maximise the potential of the ‘whole’ building. We advocate to build upon the great work already undertaken by the Each Home Counts Review, PAS2035 and Scottish Short Life Working Groups to deliver a whole building approach to solve the issue of delivering cleaner and more energy efficient homes and buildings in Scotland.”

 “We at Elmhurst are fully aware of the road map that Scotland has set out and we welcome this new call for evidence. As always we promise to share our response with our members in order to stimulate thought and encourage others to respond with their own thoughts. The strategic goals are clearly set by Scottish Government and we hope that all responses gathered allow more of the detail to be made clear to all stakeholders.” 

Elmhurst encourages members to reply to the consultation themselves, or alternatively let us know your thoughts so that we can incorporate them into our final response (this response will also be published).

 The ‘Call for evidence’ close on the 17 June 2019.


Elmhurst draft response:

www.elmhurstenergy.co.uk/uploads/DraftResponse_low_carbon_heat.pdf

Low Carbon Heat – Call for evidence:

More details here: https://consult.gov.scot/better-homes-division/the-future-of-low-carbon-hea 


Article Published: 7th June 2019

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