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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.


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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.

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Telephone: 0131 244 5528

Scottish Government
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Highlander House
58 Waterloo Street
G2 7DA