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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.

Actions

We are:

In response to recommendations put forward by the Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, which both reported in October 2016, we recently consulted on a new draft fuel poverty strategy, which closed on 1 February 2018. In particular, the consultation asked for views on:

  • a new definition of fuel poverty and indicators and sub-targets, to help inform a Warm Homes Bill to be introduced in 2018 and development of a new framework for tackling fuel poverty in Scotland;
  • proposals for the formation of a new Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and Partnership Forum to replace the existing Fuel Poverty Forum, to support us in monitoring progress against new fuel poverty sub-targets and milestones outlined in the consultation.
  • A series of 19 consultation events (see table below) were held across Scotland during November and December 2017 and January 2018, organised with the support of Energy Action Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust:
Date Location Details
9 November Crieff Energy Action Scotland – Annual Conference
4 December Edinburgh Open event
6 December Inverness Open event
8 December Edinburgh Energy Action Scotland – Energy Advice Forum
11 December Glasgow Open event
12 December Aberdeen Open event
13 December Glasgow Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum
14 December Shetland Requested by stakeholders, teleconference
19 December Edinburgh Open event
20 December Orkney Requested by stakeholders, teleconference
11 January Highlands Highland Council – Poverty & Inequalities Group, teleconference
12 January Edinburgh Open event
15 January Glasgow Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, on behalf of Scottish Government
22 January Galashiels Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, open event, on behalf of Scottish Government
22 January Galashiels Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, Ability Borders, on behalf of Scottish Government
23 January Hawick Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, Reaching Out Hawick – Congregational Community Church, on behalf of Scottish Government
25 January Aberdeen Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, organised with local community council, on behalf of Scottish Government
26 January Fife (Methil / Leven) Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, CEMVO Climate Challenge Fund Ethnic Minority Network event, on behalf of Scottish Government
26 January Western Isles Requested by stakeholders, teleconference

Background

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.

Relevant statistics:

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 5528

Post:
Scottish Government
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Atlantic Quay 150 Broomielaw

Glasgow G2 8LU