Heating and cooling our homes and businesses costs £2.6 billion a year and accounts for approximately half of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions.
Challenging weather, poor energy efficiency in the home and reduced heating options (especially in rural areas) can make fuel bills unaffordable, resulting in fuel poverty.
Energy efficiency has been designated a national priority. It is key to meeting our ambitious climate change targets and to tackling fuel poverty.
- helping householders make energy-saving home improvements
- monitoring energy efficiency in social housing
- consulting on minimum standards for energy efficiency in private rented housing, informed by the work of the Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Private Sector houses (REEPs) Working Group. The consultation on energy efficiency in private rented housing closed on 30 June 2017; we are currently analysing responses
- planning to consult on the role of incentives and standards to help improve owner-occupied homes from winter 2017 to 2018
- exploring ways to tackle fuel poverty and low energy efficiency in rural and off-gas grid areas through the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force
- working with the Fuel Poverty Forum and Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group to monitor progress of funding programmes and inform future policy
- working with the UK Government to ensure the Energy Company Obligation is suitable for Scotland
- developing Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme which will launch in 2018 and support all buildings to achieve a good energy efficiency rating over the next 15 to 20 years
Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy sets out our vision for warm, high quality, low-carbon homes and a route map for how we will achieve it.
It sets out action on three fronts:
- our Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland
- the appropriate use of standards and regulation
- market transformation
The five-year Joint Housing Delivery Plan, published in 2015, identifies priority actions agreed by representatives from across the housing sector. This builds on previous actions set out in Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy.
Telephone: 0131 244 5528
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
58 Waterloo Street